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Report: Collins gets Mets job

After a deliberate process that stretched nearly two months, the Mets have chosen Terry Collins as the team's next manager, but the team was holding off an official announcement Sunday until the contract details are finished, Newsday reported.

Collins emerged from a group of 10 candidates picked by general manager Sandy Alderson, who trimmed it to four finalists, and the Mets have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday at Citi Field.

"We've made our decision," a Mets spokesman said Sunday, "and we are working on the terms of a contract."

Collins becomes the 20th manager in the 49-year history of the Mets, who have used four since the 2002 season, the last of Bobby Valentine's tenure.

•The Yankees' negotiating strategy with shortstop Derek Jeter is "baffling," his agent told the New York Daily News.

"There's a reason the Yankees themselves have stated Derek Jeter is their modern-day Babe Ruth," said Jeter's agent, Casey Close, according to the newspaper.

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