Edwin Diaz didn’t resemble much of a closer for the Mets last season, but in spring training this year indicated he still had faith the job was his. Returning to workouts 3½ months later, that mindset hasn’t changed.
“My mentality has always been that I’m a closer, despite even what happened last year,” Diaz said through an interpreter following a Friday afternoon workout at Citi Field. “This offseason I went in and trained hard, I worked on different things that gave me the confidence that made me feel that I could be the closer of this team.
“Now, going into this second spring training, I’m going to try to prove during these next two to three weeks that I can be the closer of this team.”
Diaz, who pitched to a 5.59 ERA with seven blown saves in 33 attempts last season, said he worked out at a stadium near his home in Puerto Rico during the layoff, facing players such as Kennys Vargas, who played last season for the Twins.
Jed Lowrie’s situation remains a mystery.
“Jed hasn’t played in a while,” manager Luis Rojas said. “We are going to see where his progression is, that is something I need to assess…