Report: Terry Collins' job safe for now

Updated: August 27, 2012, 11:32 AM ET
ESPNNewYork.com

New York Mets manager Terry Collins will not lose his job this season or next, even with his club entrenched in a second-half freefall, the New York Post reports, citing a team source.

The source told the Post that there is "no chance" that Collins, 63, will be fired. He is under contract through next season, meaning general manager Sandy Alderson must decide whether to extend his deal. The Mets picked up Collins' 2013 option last September.

After a 46-40 first half, the Mets have won only 13 of 42 games in the second half. They rank in the bottom half of the National League in team batting, pitching and defense, but it's their offense that has been particularly dreadful.

Before their 3-1 win over the currently 40-88 Houston Astros on Saturday, the Mets had gone eight games without scoring more than two runs for the first time since September 1982.

According to the Post's source, Mets management would like to see the fourth-place club finish third in the NL East -- which would be a positive note compared to where they stand now.

"It doesn't seem like a big thing, but there should be some pride there," the source told the Post.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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