Mets LHP Jerry Blevins, like his bullpen-mates, is on board with new manager Mickey Callaway's idea of not having a designated closer.
"As long as our manager and our pitching coach are honest and open about what we need to do -- which they have been -- we'll be ready," Blevins said.
"We've had some talks inside and he's spoken to the media about. ... putting us in the bullpen in the best chance to succeed. ...whether it's getting guys up and not putting them in. Whether it's them not being prepared in a certain inning. I think we're trying to avoid all those things."
Blevins, who at the moment is the only left-hander projected to be in the team's bullpen, also discussed the starters going deeper into games.
"We're all pulling for eachother," he said. "We want our starters to go seven, eight, nine (innings) every time. It just does make it a little more difficult over the long haul if we can't have guys that push into those latter innings, because those are innings that we have to fill up. It can be a little taxing."
The Mets suggested earlier this offseason that aside from Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, they plan to ordinarily pull their starting pitchers after two turns through an opposing lineup.
Blevins, 34, had a 2.94 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with 69 strikeouts in 49 innings, while making a career-high 75 appearances last season.
He will likely be joined in the bullpen by Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos, Anthony Swarzak, and four other pitchers -- as the Mets are expected to carry eight relievers on Opening Day.