The Mets are presently on pace for 87 losses, and under manager Terry Collins they're a cumulative 32 games under .500 across almost three full seasons. However, a team source tells Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that Collins is likely to be brought back for the 2014 season.
"While team officials do not intend to commit to re-signing Collins until after the season, there is internal respect for how he has navigated this season's challenges and a "strong expectation" he will continue to manage the club in 2014, a source familiar with the Mets' plans told ESPNNewYork.com."
Collins certainly hasn't won a high percentage of his games in Queens, but given the subpar rosters he's worked with, he's surely entitled to some leeway on that front. If the Mets do indeed bring him back for 2014, however, then Collins is likely to open the season with his seat set to at least "warm."
Collins, age 64, is 657-679 as a major-league manager in parts of nine seasons with the Astros, Angels and Mets.