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Mets Morning News: Terry Collins receives two-year extension, Mets mull offseason decisions

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Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Following a meeting earlier in the day, Mets GM Sandy Alderson rewarded manager Terry Collins with a two-year contract extension Tuesday. Despite coming up short in the World Series, Collins guided the Mets to their first National League pennant since 2000.

Eno Sarris at Fangraphs looked at the probability of the Mets making it back to the World Series in 2016.

Anthony DiComo examined some personnel decisions to be made by the Mets' front office this offseason.

Tara Sullivan of NJ.com erred on the side of optimism, describing the advantage of having a young rotation entering next season.

David Wright spoke to Newsday about the journey of making it to the World Series, also voicing his approval of the Terry Collins extension.

Ken Davidoff of Newsday (and likely many others in baseball circles) interpreted the Nationals' hiring of Dusty Baker as a potential benefit to the Mets.

Around the Majors

The Nationals made their hire of Dusty Baker official, as the veteran skipper joined Washington on a two-year, incentive-laden deal.

The Padres exercised their $8 million club option on reliever Joaquin BenoitAs noted on the team's official site, the Padres may use Benoit as "protection" in the event that Craig Kimbrel is traded over the offseason.

MLBTradeRumors gave a rundown of lower-profile option decisions. Andrew Bailey and Chad Qualls will each take extensive relief experience to the open market.

In what was essentially a formality, the Philadelphia Phillies declined Cliff Lee's club option. If Lee opts for retirement, the left-hander will leave the game with a career 143-91 record over 13 seasons. Likewise, the Detroit Tigers declined Joe Nathan's club option, potentially spelling the end of the former closer's career.

The Royals celebrated their World Series victory with a parade in Kansas City.

Yesterday at AA

Brian Salvatore took a look at Jeurys Familia's three blown saves in the postseason.

Sara Novic examined the Nationals' hire of Dusty Baker as new team manager.

One fan posted a ticket we can all get behind on Election Day.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets entered Major League Baseball's first offseason with widespread free agency by submitting bids on eight of the 24 players available.