Leyland praises Collins

Terry Collins will wear No. 10 next season as a tip of the cap to mentor Jim Leyland. And Leyland on Wednesday at the winter meetings offered his own tribute to Collins, praising the manager of the Mets. Collins was on Leyland's staff with Pittsburgh.

"I think he's going to be an excellent manager," Leyland said. "I know him. He's a very intense guy, like most managers are. He expects a good day's work for a good day's pay. He's got energy. He's a very bright guy. I think he's going to be a good fit there -- particularly if he's got good players. That's usually the way it works with us."

As for the uniform number tribute, Leyland added: "That was touching. Really. I didn't really know anything about it until somebody called me about it. That was nice. I brought him to the big leagues when he was over there in Pittsburgh as their Triple-A manager. He never forgot that, so that was a nice touch. I'm proud of something like that."