The New York Mets are hoping to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016 whenever the MLB season begins. With the reigning NL Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Award winners and a number of other young talents, the Mets are in a strong position to contend in a wide-open NL East.
However, holes in the starting rotation and bullpen could doom them for 2020 and going forward. With that in mind, the Mets should probably start looking at trading lefty first baseman Dominic Smith while they stiill can.
Smith had a phenomenal year coming off the bench for the Mets in 2019. Over 197 plate appearances, he had an .881 OPS with 11 homers and a .282 batting average. Smith was a highly-touted prospect and after overcoming a battle with sleep apnea, he looks like he could be a valuable first baseman.
Unfortunately, with the Mets already with emerging superstar Pete Alonso at first base, Smith's value to the mets goes down. While the Mets could make use of the temporary universal DH rule appears for 2020, there's still no reason for the Mets to invest long-term in Smith while they already have Alonso.
With Yoenis Cespedes, Jed Lowrie, Jake Marisnick, and Matt Adams also on the roster, it will be tough to find playing time for both talented young first basemen even with a designated hitter. In addition, the Mets would also prefer J.D. Davis to move back to the infield so they can improve their defense in the outfield.
Thus, the Mets would be better off if they traded Smith to another team. While returns on a first baseman aren't historically excellent, Smith's obvious hitting ability and four years of team control should be enticing. Smith has typically struggled with lefties, but in a limited sample size of 33 at-bats, he had an .876 OPS against them in 2019.
The Mets are in dire need of a long-term solution for the starting rotation. Zack Wheeler signed with the Phillies and Noah Syndergaard is injured and hitting free agency. Unfortunately, the Mets are supposedly in the process of finding new ownership, so negotiations might be difficult.
Still, while Smith might need to be packaged with a prospect to get a quality pitcher, it would certainly be more effective for the Mets to have a good fourth starter than a lefty bat off the bench.
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