Mets manager Mickey Callaway suggested on Tuesday that the team might not have a designated closer in 2018 -- instead focusing on matchups and reacting when high-leverage situations arise.
"I think that we're going to pitch guys when it makes sense," Callaway said at the Winter Meetings in response to a question about Jeurys Familia. "I'm going to pitch guys to their strengths and they're going to face the batters they should be facing."
Callaway said it could work out that Familia is in place to save every game, but that they're not "locked in" to that.
"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."
Callaway said not having a set closer could work for a full season.
"If you're having pitchers face the guys they're supposed to face, it can."
Mets GM Sandy Alderson weighed in on the possibility after Callaway spoke, saying the experience Callaway has as a pitching coach is one of the reasons it's being discussed.
"With that experience and I think the guys that we have, I think it's an interesting possibility," Alderson said.
Alderson also cited the "evolving relationship between starting pitching and relief pitching, and the evolving way that relief pitching is being used."
Familia is expected to be joined in the Mets' bullpen by AJ Ramos and Jerry Blevins, with the team reportedly prioritizing additional bullpen help.
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