Mets manager Terry Collins' future with the club will be determined after the season, GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday.
Speaking after Alderson, Collins -- whose three-year contract expires at the end of the season -- said the focus for the remainder of the season will be on the team, not his status.
Though he has yet to make a final decision, the Mets expect Collins to retire, team sources told Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert.
Similarly, while the Mets are expected to let Collins determine his fate, they have yet to tell him if they intend to make a change at manager.
"He has told friends in baseball that he may not be ready for retirement yet and would likely keep his options open, even if that means moving on to another organization," Ackert adds.
In addition to being the only Mets manager to take a team to back-to-back playoffs (Bobby Valentine in 1999 and 2000), Collins also recently passed Valentine as the second-winningest manager in franchise history.
May 27, 2017; Terry Collins (right) signs autographs at PNC Park. Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
In the event they are looking for a new manager, team sources told Ackert they prefer someone technologically savvy and more fluent in analytical and evidence-based research.
Ackert mentions former Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren, A's third-base coach Chip Hale, current Mets bench coach Dick Scott, and hitting coach Kevin Long as possible replacements.
This past weekend, Boston Globe reporter Nick Cafardo said Geren could find himself the front-runner given his ties to the Mets and Alderson.
"The former A's manager may have a leg up on taking over the managerial job with the Mets if they decide to part ways with Terry Collins, which seems inevitable," Cafardo writes. "GM Sandy Alderson has always had a fondness for Geren, who was the team's bench coach until he headed west for family considerations. But the manager's job would likely lure him back to New York."
Feb 18, 2014; Terry Collins talks with bench coach Bob Geren at Tradition Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
According to multiple reports in August, Collins had been telling people he was unsure if he'd return to managing after this season. Similarly, there have not been any reports indicating Collins and the Mets have discussed a contract extension beyond this year.
In October, 2016, a team source told the Bergen Record's Bob Klapisch that Collins would've been fired had the Mets not won a specific game in August that year. And in the book Baseball Maverick, Alderson openly admits to nearly firing Collins in 2014.