J.J. Putz – Ready, Willing and Able
Obviously, his first choice would have been to close, but he has completely embraced his future role as the setup man for the Mets.
“It wasn’t the ideal situation. I really loved closing. But I’m just going to take it an inning earlier, so it’s not going to be that big of an adjustment. I’m fine with the role. Like I said, bottom line, I just want to win. I hadn’t had a chance to really do that in Seattle. To come to a team that’s built to win right now, I’ll pitch in the sixth, seventh — whatever it takes to get us a championship.”
You gotta love that attitude at a time when most players would have been kicking and screaming at a reduced role that would jeaopardize their future earnings potential.
When the bullpen door swings open for the first time and it’s the top of the eight inning on Opening Day at CitiField, make sure you give number 40 a rousing ovation as he takes the mound to take on his new role.
“It doesn’t change the way I’m going to pitch or it doesn’t change my job. My job is to get guys out in the eighth inning right now. You don’t sign Frankie Rodriguez to a three-year deal and then bring in another closer to close. I’m excited to just be a part of this bullpen.”
How many days until pitchers and catchers report?
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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