Mets exercise contract option for manager Collins

The New York Mets announced on Tuesday that they have exercised the contract option for manager Terry Collins for the 2013 season.

In his first year at the helm, the 62-year-old has guided the Mets to a 76-84 record, good enough for fourth place in the NL East.

"Terry has done an excellent job of leading and motivating this team with his preparation, energy and enthusiasm during a challenging season," said Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. "He has developed strong relationships with our players and the club's resiliency is a testament to Terry's approach. We are confident Terry is the right man for the job as we build a winning and contending team for the future."

Collins spent the 2010 season with the Mets as the organization's minor league field coordinator. He was hired on a two-year deal with a contract option back in late November.

He holds a 520-518 career managerial record in parts of seven seasons with Houston (1994-96) the Angels (1997-99) and the Mets.

The Mets haven't been to the playoffs since 2006, when they lost in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series to St. Louis. After that loss, New York blew first-place leads in both 2007 and 2008 before the last two years of sub-.500 baseball.