Mets RH reliever Anthony Swarzak again credited new manager Mickey Callaway with helping transform his career when the two were in Cleveland in 2015 -- with Swarzak getting stronger and altering his delivery after the advice of Callaway.
Swarzak, who agreed to a two-year deal worth $14 million this offseason, discussed what Callaway will bring to the team.
"He expects the best out of you, every day. There's no doubt about it. He's not a guy that's going to call you out in front of your team and push you that way. ... He's more of a 'let's find what makes each guy tick and let's embrace that', and then try to push that and push him in the best way possible."
Swarzak also touched on what Callaway's strategy will be, specifically as it pertains to the potential of the Mets not having a designated closer.
"I completely understand everybody's desire and will to be the best, right? So that's the closer, that's the No. 1 starter, that's the starting shortstop, right? And that's why we all get out of bed every day to continue to fight to be that. But, at the end of it all, all that matters is if you win a World Series or not. So what does it matter if I'm pitching in the ninth or I'm pitching in the sixth? I'm going to be down there, ready to go. I'm working hard. When that phone rings, that's all I worry about.'
Swarzak had a 2.33 ERA (2.74 FIP) and 1.03 WHIP with 91 strikeouts (a career-high 10.59 K/9) in 77 1/3 innings (70 games) last season for the White Sox and Brewers.
The 32-year-old saw his stuff tick up in 2017. His fastball averaged 94.7 MPH (up from 93.4 in 2016 and 92.2 in 2015) and his slider averaged 87.1 MPH -- both the fastest of his careeer.