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Mets Slugger One of the Most Likely Non-Tender Candidates

Adam Taylor McKillop
One New York Mets slugger joined the list of most likely non-tender candidates ahead of Friday's deadline.
One New York Mets slugger joined the list of most likely non-tender candidates ahead of Friday's deadline. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

MLB is not yet done finalizing the official 2023 free agent class. On Friday, the league's non-tender deadline approaches at 8 p.m. ET.

Clubs around baseball use this opportunity to either tender or not tender contracts to the 250 players eligible for salary arbitration. Essentially, if a team believes one player is not worth what they will receive in arbitration, they'll non-tender that player a contract to clear a roster spot and release them into the free agency pool

MLB insider Mark Feinsand created a list of the 11 most likely non-tender candidates, and one New York Mets slugger made the list.

That player is first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith, a controversial figure for Mets fans over the past few years. Once considered the No. 2 overall prospect in New York's farm system, Smith has largely underperformed relative to expectations throughout his career.

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The former first-round draft pick seemed to figure things out with strong performances during the 2019 and 2020 campaigns but has since come crashing back to earth, posting a .643 OPS over the last two seasons combined and losing his starting job in the process.

Feinsand believes Smith's projected $4.1 million arbitration salary makes him "a good bet to be non-tendered" given his recent struggles. Perhaps the 27-year-old would benefit from a change of scenery, so the move could make sense for both sides.

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