When we last checked in with the Mets in this space, they were already in active talks with manager Terry Collins about retaining him for multiple years as their manager. On Monday, that presumptive agreement became reality as the team announced a 2-year agreement with their skipper.
The @Mets sign manager Terry Collins to a 2-year extension with a club option for 2016. Collins’ entire coaching staff will also return.
— MLB (@MLB) September 30, 2013
The agreement is (obviously) not a surprise since it was well-known that they were in communications, but that doesn’t stop it from being a very interesting move for the Mets. Collins has a .463 winning percentage in 3 years as the manager, and normally (especially in a massive market like New York), that type of production would get you fired rather than extended.
However, Collins is well-liked by virtually everyone, and it is very clear that the Mets haven’t given him a winning roster in recent seasons. David Wright and Matt Harvey (if he’s healthy) form a fantastic foundation, but the front office needs to build around them to give Collins a legitimate chance.
The realization that the entire staff with the Mets will be retained is also a bit of a shock, simply because of the on-field results. However, the high-profile “assistants” (hitting and pitching coach) have been doing a positive job (think Carlos Torres or Daniel Murphy), and they fall into the same spectrum as Collins with regard to talent level.
It remains to be seen what track the Mets will be on with their roster in 2014, but we officially know who the manager will be in New York.