Mets exercise Collins’ option for 2013

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Collins had not managed in the majors in the previous 11 years. But he had been the Mets‘ minor league field coordinator in 2010 and the team management liked his familiarity with the young players.

Despite this being the Mets‘ third straight losing season, the 62-year-old Collins has helped, Alderson said, to “change the perception of New York Mets baseball.”

Terry’s gone a long way toward doing that,” Alderson said.

A tough task, considering the Yankees also play in the neighborhood. But Alderson didn’t want the Mets to be perceived as sad-sack losers, a lackluster team where players wouldn’t always carry out the basics, such as running out balls.

This is Alderson’s first year as the Mets‘ GM. He said he’d talk with Collins on Thursday, a day after the season ends, on the status of the coaching staff.

Alderson said he’d been thinking the last couple of weeks about picking up Collins‘ option.

“Very definitely did not want to interrupt the momentum he has created,” Alderson said. The GM also wanted to stabilize the club, rather than leaving Collins as a lame-duck manager next season.

The Mets‘ most pressing issue this offseason will be the status of Reyes. The star shortstop, who led the NL in batting going into the final two days, is eligible for free agency and will command a rich contract. His ability and value, however, have been hampered by recurring hamstring weakness.

Asked to describe Reyes‘ season, Alderson said: “Extraordinary first half. Good, but checkered second half” because of injuries.

“Definitely someone we’re going to try to retain,” Alderson said.

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