Mets 101 News and Notes: Terry Collins' Job is Safe for Now

Mets 101 News and Notes: Terry Collins' Job is Safe for Now

Mets 101 News and Notes: Terry Collins' Job is Safe for Now

The New York Mets have managed a slight turn around in the last several days. When the club was in the midst of its tailspin, including a six game losing streak lowlighted by a four game home sweep from the Colorado Rockies, rumors began to swirl about the future of manager Terry Collins. Collins, 63, had been showing a bit of frustration with the team's seemingly lackadaisical play over the last several weeks. The organization's decision Collins' future and more will be spotlighted in this week's Mets 101 News and Notes. Let's start with:

Terry Collins' Job Safe for the Time Being:

Manager Terry Collins' job remains safe for now, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. The report comes in spite of speculation that the team's lackluster second half performance, which stands at 14-29, would cost Collins his job. Collins has a contract through 2013, but Rubin's report states that team management has no intention to fire him this season or next season. The decision on whether or not to extend Collins' deal would lie in the hands of GM Sandy Alderson. One thing that could positively impact Collins' chances of an extension would be for the team to pass the Philadelphia Phillies and finish the season in third place.


Collin McHugh to Return on Labor Day:

As September 1st is rapidly approaching, a lot of news surrounding the Mets concerns which prospects they will call up once rosters expand to 40 players. One man who will return is Collin McHugh, who had a stellar debut on August 23 against the Rockies. McHugh will rejoin the rotation on September 3rd in St. Louis, Terry Collins told reporters prior to the game last night. McHugh's return should bump the rotation to a six man group once again.

Dillon Gee Receives Some Good News:

One of the scariest moments this season for the Mets came in July, when starting pitcher Dillon Gee had to have emergency surgery to treat a blood clot in his pitching shoulder. Gee has been rehabbing the injury ever since and received a clean bill of health in his latest medical visit, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. With the news that his shoulder is completely healthy, Gee will begin throwing exercises in about a week or so. The team is fully confident that Gee will be ready for spring training in February.

Scott Hairston Won't Go Anywhere:

The waiver trade deadline period is nearly over, and the Mets put outfielders Scott Hairston and Andres Torres on trade waivers Monday to see if either player would generate some interest on the trade market. Hairston was claimed, but it appears to be unlikely the team will move him. Hairston's claim was a block by another team, Ken Rosenthal reports via Twitter. The claiming team, which is unknown at this time, was not the San Francisco Giants, who had interest in Hairston to boost their offense. With the team making the claim doing it to block a rival from claiming him, the Mets will retain Hairston through the end of the season and determine if he is a part of their plans in 2013.

Buffalo Bisons Era for Mets Triple-A Team (Likely) Ends With a Bust:

The Triple-A season for the Buffalo Bisons is ending quickly, as the team lost their finale at Coca-Cola Field 10-4 last night. The Mets, who have spent four years in Buffalo, are likely destined to relocate their Triple-A Franchise after their contract with the Bisons expires at the end of the season. The Mets have been bouncing around the Triple-A Circuit for a few years now after the team's 40 year relationship with Norfolk ended in 2006. After a two year stop in New Orleans, the Mets had settled in Buffalo. Bisons' management has reportedly been dissatisfied with the less than stellar product the Mets have provided the last few seasons, and reports indicate they may boot the Mets in favor of a new franchise. Since there are only 30 Triple-A Franchises in 30 markets, the Mets will likely be forced to settle for a team in the Pacific Coast League, with Las Vegas a likely destination. This would be unfortunate for the Mets as it complicates their ability to quickly recall players from Triple-A if they are several time zones away, but where the Triple-A team ends up remains to be seen.

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Thursday, 30 Aug 2012

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