Mets manager Mickey Callaway reiterated Tuesday that he does not plan to have a designated closer this season, instead choosing to deploy his relievers in the situations that put them and the team in the best position to succeed.
"I don't know who's going to come up (for the opposing team) in the ninth inning," Callaway added, explaining that the idea of choosing the closer in advance "seems kind of silly."
However, Callaway knows he has a challenge ahead of him.
"It is difficult," Callaway said about maintaining a closer-by-committee. "There is value in having guys do certain things. There is more value in having players that want to go out there and win every single night, no matter what inning they pitch."
Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos, Anthony Swarzak, and Jerry Blevins have all said they're on board, and that isn't lost on Callaway.
"It's really a great situation that we have here with the personnel we have," he said. "When you can use players' strengths to the max, you're going to win more games."
Familia, Ramos, and Blevins have weighed in on the idea at various points this offseason, and Swarzak went in-depth about it earlier this week:
"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."