Mets RH reliever AJ Ramos is embracing new manager Mickey Callaway's strategy of likely not having a set closer in 2018.
"It's a good thing that I have five pitches and can pretty much pitch anywhere," Ramos said on SNY's Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night.
"For me, I want to win. And whatever I can do to help the team win, is what I want to do. And I'm a versatile guy. I've shown I can close, I've shown that I can pitch in the sixth or seventh innings, I've shown that I can throw multiple innings."
Callaway said during the Winter Meetings last month that his focus was on matchups and utilizing his relievers properly during high-leverage situations
"I think that we're going to pitch guys when it makes sense," Callaway said in response to a question about Jeurys Familia's role. "I'm going to pitch guys to their strengths and they're going to face the batters they should be facing."
"We have to make sure we get to a save situation," Callaway added. "And if we can't get there, it doesn't do any good to have 'this' guy being named the closer."
Ramos, who the Mets acquired from the Marlins last season, weighed in on the trend of changing relief roles.
"That's just the way the trend is going," Ramos said. "Starters aren't going as long as they were in the past. Part of that is for strategy as well. ... you've got to be able to adjust. If you're one of those people that are gonna be mad and stuff like that -- how the situations are gonna be -- then you're probably not going to be a good teammate."
The 31-year-old Ramos, who added that he wants to use his fastball more in 2018, had a 3.99 ERA and 1.41 WHIP with 72 strikeouts in 58 2/3 innings (61 appearances) last season for the Marlins and Mets.
He is arbitration-eligible for a final time this offseason, and is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season.
Along with Ramos, the Mets' bullpen is expected to include Familia, Jerry Blevins, and Anthony Swarzak.