Mets manager Terry Collins gets two-year contract extension


Winning the National League comes with some job security for Mets manager Terry Collins, as Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that he’s agreed to a two-year contract extension.

Collins’ previous contract had a team option for 2016, but this new deal replaces that–covering 2016 and 2017, with guaranteed money–and according to Ackert comes “with an increase in salary.”

Collins had a losing record in each of his first four seasons as Mets manager, but the team went 90-72 this year and advanced to the World Series before falling to the Royals in five games. Along with his previous Astros and Angels stints, Collins has a career 838-850 (.496) record in 11 total seasons as a manager.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.