Jerry Blevins and his teammates hoped to win a World Series in 2018 even before the team replaced manager Terry Collins with Mickey Callaway and a new coaching staff.
"We still have great talent," Blevins told SiriusXM's The Leadoff Spot on MLB Network Radio. "We still feel strongly as an organization that we can put forth a championship caliber team."
That said, Blevins is looking forward to working with a manager that was once a pitcher, which is something he's never experienced before in his career.
"I'm excited to get to work and see what these guys bring to the table," he added.
Blevins could have been a free agent this winter. However, in early-October, the Mets picked up his one-year, $7 million option to retain him for 2018.
Blevins also told MLB Network Radio that he is eager to see Callaway encourage their staff to use more curve balls and off-speed pitches, which is something he did to great effect with the Indians.
"It has worked for me," Blevins said about Callaway's plan. "I've been able to use (my curve ball) more often because the numbers have pointed me in that direction. They say I can use it any count against any hitter and it's going to be your best pitch. ... It's been a big key to how I've been able to stay in this game through my mid-30s."
Blevins said he has been a frequent user of statistcial analysis, but would like to find a way to better blend the strategy of setting up a hitter with information about how the batter is likely to react.
For instance, he pointed out, "If I see someone crowding the plate, I need to throw my fastball inside to back him off."
"Because no matter what I throw, if he's leaning over the plate, he's going to make solid contact no matter what the analytics say," he continued. "That's what you learn as a pitcher as you go along in this game that the numbers don't point to yet."
The Mets will attempt to sign a late-game relief pitcher this winter, even if it means offering a multi-year deal, a source recently told Newsday's Marc Carig.
Blevins told MMO's Matt Brownstein in October that he would like the Mets to add at least one more reliable arm to the back of the bullpen, such as former teammate and current free-agent set-up man Addison Reed.
"We're going to need some steady, solid arms in the bullpen next year," he concluded.
So far this offseason, the Mets have reportedly expressed interest in Reed, Joe Smith, Bryan Shaw, Brandon Morrow, and Mike Minor, all of whom are projected to command a multi-year deal.