With the Mets holding a option on manager Terry Collins's contract for next year—which seems certain to be picked up with the team in the World Series—the focus shifts to whether a longer-term contract extension will be on the table as well. With Collins already the oldest manager in baseball, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman is reporting that a two-year extension is probably be the maximum the 66-year-old would seek.
Collins...is telling friends he wants to spend time with his wife and do things while he's still vital, so two years is the right number. He has blanched at the idea of even three years, according to friends...
Collins is, of course, looking forward to the possibility of skippering a team with an incredible rotation (potentially, it gets even better next year with Zack Wheeler coming back) the next two years, and has talked excitedly about the potential of returning for a couple more years. But that'll be it.
Collins has a record of 394-416 with the Mets, but 2015 was his first winning season in five years with the club. Their 90 wins are the most since they won 96 games in 2006 and just their third 90-win season since the 2000 team won 94 and advanced to the World Series.
Assuming Collins does return next year, he and the Mets will face high expectations based on their performance this season, regardless of what happens in the World Series. Much of that will depend on the health and productivity of their young arms—Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and the returning Zack Wheeler. But it will also depend on what pieces they add in the offseason and whether they re-sign current players set to become free agents, including Yoenis Cespedes and Daniel Murphy.