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"The Mets front office has yet to decide on Collins’ fate after two seasons of mediocre baseball, financial strife and roster overhaul," writes Jorge Castillo of the Star Ledger.

According to Castillo, Sandy Alderson has outlined what is expected of Collins to receive a new contract - Collins' current agreement expires after the 2013 season.

Over the winter, Sandy Alderson said Collins will be evaluated not only on wins and losses, but by his ability to lead and maximize the players on the roster.

Collins hopes he will be the manager of the Mets beyond this season.

"It would be a blast. That’s what I love to do. That’s why I’m in the game. There’s no better feeling than to see those guys get up here and see them start to blossom and become great players," Collins told Castillo.

Given what he's had to deal with over his first two seasons at the helm, Collins has done a fine job as manager. I didn't think he should have gotten a contract extension after last season - after what happened in the second half for the second year in a row, it would have sent a message that mediocrity is ok. Don't get me wrong, I like Collins a lot - he knows this team, he knows the organization, and I think there is value in his knowledge and familiarity with the players at all levels. But knowing the expectations are really low, I want to see how he motivates this group, how some of the younger players grow and mature over the course of the season, and how they respond to the rigors of a 162 game schedule, before a decision is made. I understand it could be difficult for Collins to work under these conditions, but given the Mets are on the cusp of taking the next step in their transitional phase, it remains to be seen how Collins will fit into the puzzle, as is the case with many of the players on this roster.

For more on Collins, check out the Star Ledger.

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