PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Despite a losing record and fourth-place finish two years ago, the Mets had no qualms about exercising the 2013 option on manager Terry Collins' contract even before the 2012 season began.
Now, following a second consecutive losing record and fourth-place finish under Collins' watch, the team is proceeding more cautiously. Collins will enter this season on an expiring contract, with no assurances that he will stick around past 2013.
"I don't need any guarantees," Collins said. "You go do your job. That's what I'm going to do. I'm going to do my job each and every day. I'm not going to worry about having a tough loss or anything else. I've got a job to do, and I'm going to go do it. I can't worry about the future. I don't care about the future. I only care about today."
Most experts expect the Mets to have another losing record and fourth-place finish in 2013. So to retain his job, Collins will need to prove he is the right man to mold a growing core of talented young players -- Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Travis d'Arnaud, et al -- into perennial playoff contenders.
"I have nothing to prove to myself," Collins said. "I love what I do. I have a blast what I do. I think I do a pretty good job at it. I work hard at it. But I also know that you turn it over to the guys that play, and my job's to get them ready to play. I've got to do a better job of it, because it wasn't good enough last year."