Andy Martino reports:
Terry Collins and the Mets do not have a deal yet for a contract extension, but they are very close. People familiar with the negotiations told the Daily News to expect a news conference midday Monday to announce a two-year, approximately $2 million deal for the manager (that’s a raise from the approximately $800,000 per year he was earning under his previous contract).
Also, the News was first to report that all of Collins’ coaches will be invited back: Pitching coach Dan Warthen, hitting coach Dave Hudgens, third base coach Tim Teufel, bench coach Bob Geren, first base coach Tom Goodwin and bullpen coach Ricky Bones.
During an interview on WFAN, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that the Mets will announce a new contract for Terry Collins on Monday, to return as the manager of the New York Mets.
The deal is expected to be for two years with an option for 2016.
Adam Rubin confirms that the deal, which is not yet complete, likely will be announced Monday as well.
According to reporters, Sandy Alderson said not to expect any news on Terry Collins before end of season but did say he has done an “excellent job across the board”
The word from most Mets beat writers is that Collins will likely return to manage the Mets next season and that they are just waiting until after the season to make an official announcement.
Coming off a sweep in Philadelphia, the Mets have won seven of their last ten games and have pull into a third-place tie with the Phillies in the NL East at 71-84. They are also now in a three-way tie for the 10th worst record in the majors – a win today could put them outside the bottom ten which would mean their first round pick is unprotected.
The front office has been very impressed with Collins who has had the difficult task of trying to keep the team from becoming completely unglued despite, as Rubin points out, navigating the Mets through a ton of obstacles, from the seven-week absence of David Wright, to the trade of Marlon Byrd and John Buck, to the losses of Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell and now Zack Wheeler getting shut down for the season.
“With all the struggles we’ve had this year, this has been one of the harder years that I’ve ever been through as far as injuries and schedule and all the other things involved,” Collins said pregame, while speaking about whether it would be meaningful to pass the Phillies in the standings.
Terry’s going to be your manager for the next two years… It’s gonna happen whether you think it’s merited or not… Get used to it…