Terry Collins is safe, could get contract extension

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, a team source said there is “no chance” Terry Collins will be fired before the start of next season.

In fact, “Don’t be surprised if a potential Collins contract extension is tied to how the Mets finish this season,” the source said, as the Mets look to finish ahead of the Phillies and Marlins, “to help create a more positive perception of the franchise heading to the winter.”

Collins had the option in his contract for 2013 exercised last September.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Updated: Fans, media and baseball were referring to him as a potential Manager of the Year candidate in June, when the team was overachieving and raising expectations. Now, though Terry Watch hasn’t started, there are fans who want him fired. This is totally normal, I suppose. I think Terry has done a good-enough job. I content the manager is a bit overrated anyway – don’t misunderstand, I’m not saying he isn’t important, just that he is often overrated by fans and media when looking at the team’s success and failure. Instead, the GM and his players are most important. So, it’s difficult to totally judge Collins based on the weak roster he had to work with. This is why, for me, I want to see how the team plays for him down the stretch. Do they hustle. Do they stay up. Do they keep fighting. If so, I’ll have hope for what Terry can do (in terms of communication, motivation, etc.) with better plays (hopefully next season). If not, I bet he’s on notice through most of next summer…