WINTER MEETINGS: TERRY COLLINS

New York Mets manager Terry Collins met with the media on Day 2 of the annual Major League Baseball Winter Meetings at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland. Collins talked about everything from Yoenis Cespedes, to Zach Wheeler in the bullpen, Jose Reyes in the outfield and Tim Tebow making a spring training appearance. Below is a transcript from today’s Q&A with the Mets manager.

TWITTER REACTS TO CESPEDES DEAL

The hand-wringing is over.

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson surprised fans with some early Christmas cheer, announcing the team had agreed to a four-year, $110 million deal with Yoenis Cespedes.

The deal includes a full no-trade clause and, according to Jon Heyman, will pay Cespedes $22.5 million (2017), $29 million (2018), $29 million (2019) and $29.5 million (2020).

NOT EVERYONE LOVES NY

Mark this date in history on your calendar: June 15, 1983. That’s the day Keith Hernandez cried after being told he was traded to the last-place New York Mets. This, of course, happened long before the “no crying in baseball” was established.

On the field, the Mets were a punching bag; off-the-field they were a punchline. Hernandez said he often referred to them as the S-T-E-M’s (Mets backwards).