Collins, 61, a former manager of the Houston Astros and Anaheim Angels, will probably be introduced as Jerry Manuel’s successor in a press conference tomorrow, MLB.com said without saying where it obtained the information.
Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said in an e-mail that the team had made a decision and is in the process of negotiating a contract. He declined to comment on whether the negotiations were with Collins or another of the Mets’ other finalists -- Wally Backman, Chip Hale and Bob Melvin.
Collins, the Mets’ minor league field coordinator in 2010, has a major-league managerial record of 444-434 and had success leading rebuilding phases even though his teams never reached the playoffs.
Collins took Houston to three straight second-place finishes in the National League Central from 1994 to 1996. He was fired after the 1996 season with one year remaining on his contract and was hired by the Angels after Anaheim lost 91 games the previous season.
Under Collins, the Angels finished second in the American League West in 1997 and 1998. In 1999, after starting the season 51-82 and losing the support of a number of his veteran players, Collins was fired with 29 games remaining.
Collins managed in Japan in 2007 and 2008, and coached China in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
The Mets finished below .500 each of the last two seasons and haven’t made the World Series since losing in five games to the New York Yankees in 2000.
With the league’s fifth-highest payroll, the Mets finished 79-83 last season and were 18 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East. The Mets fired Manuel and General Manager Omar Minaya on Oct. 4 and hired Sandy Alderson as Minaya’s successor on Oct. 26.
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