When the New York Mets traded for both Daniel Vogelbach and Tyler Naquin before the trade deadline, that left some writing on the wall for young first baseman Dominic Smith.
After a brutal 1.5 years of poor on-field performances, with some injuries sandwiched between, Smith hasn't seen the MLB field since mid-July. He recently sat down with team insider Anthony DiComo to discuss his uncertain future.
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Baseball has the ability to humble people, even some of the greatest athletes on the planet. That's exactly what happened with Smith, who finds peace with this uncertainty. “I’m just at peace right now,” said Smith.
He elaborated about his poor play, and the current contract situation which gives the Mets reason to move on, saying “With the way I played this year, I don’t know if they want to bring me back for how much my contract is."
Smith is still arbitration eligible, but makes $3.95 million this season for a player slashing .194/.276/.284 and just .246/.308/.424 in his career.
“I’m not the type of person who wants a pity party or wants people to feel sorry for me. No. I don’t. I just want to go out there and handle my business. When I’m not, I understand that. I’m going to get better. I just love baseball -- not like. I love baseball. And I love winning. I think that’s what brings out a lot of my emotions.”- Dominic Smith
It was a hard crash for the 27-year-old. At one time, Smtih was viewed as one of the more promising young pieces of the Mets franchise. He slashed .299/.366/.571 across 139 games in 2019 and 2020, adding 21 home runs and 67 RBIs.
It's unclear what the Mets will do when Smith's next arbitration period hits in the offseason. On one hand, he's shown his ability to succeed at the MLB level. On the other hand, are they ok paying millions of dollars to a player with no real role on the professional club? Only time will tell.
Either way, Smith clearly has the tools to keep working hard and playing the game that he loves.
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