TC remains unsigned beyond 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Terry Collins should command the respect of his players regardless, but the skipper right now is technically headed toward being a lame duck in 2013 with the Mets.

Collins' contract has not been extended beyond next season, according to a team insider.

The Mets had made a point of picking up Collins' 2013 option early -- in September 2011 -- to ensure he did not manage this past season with that lame-duck stigma.