Collins meets the Mets

Terry Collins will become the third candidate to interview for the Mets' managerial vacancy when he meets with GM Omar Minaya on Tuesday, according to reports. <P> Collins, considered a long-shot for the position, joins Rudy Jaramillo and Carlos Tosca as those who have sat down with the team this month as the Mets search for a candidate to replace Art Howe.

At the helm of the Astros and Angels from 1994-99, Collins compiled a 463-444 record and finished in second place five times out of those six years.

Collins was not seriously considered by the Mets going into their offseason plans, but his name has been tossed around baseball recently. The Mariners have expressed a significant amount of interest in the 55-year-old Collins, who has most recently served as a director in the Dodgers' minor-league system.

There now appears to be no chance of the Mets making an announcement before the end of the World Series, as the team is still set upon interviewing Yankees bench coach Willie Randolph.

Obviously, Randolph will be in New York with the Yankees and could be available to interview in the next couple of days, although the cadence of the ALCS may wind up preventing that. The Mets may also have interest in meeting with Bobby Valentine.

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