The Mets have made their first move of the deadline as they send their 7-year first baseman to the Tampa Bay Rays
The Amazin’s are unfortunately a little too out of contention which brought them down to the sellers level with the August 1 trade deadline coming up. General manager Sandy Alderson has been relatively quiet so far, but on Thursday, the Mets traded away the first piece of what’s sure to be a big fire sale.
Smith is a 23-year-old pitcher that has made his way through the Rays ranks in a relatively short time. He was traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Rays earlier in the season as the “player to be named later” when Tampa Bay sent outfielder Mikie Mahtook out to the midwest.
That doesn’t mean Smith is a scrub though. In fact, he’s far from it.
The right-hander can throw hard, and is according to some scouts close to being major league ready. According to our friends at Rays Colored Glasses, he features an above average fastball and curveball.
When you take into consideration the fact that the Mets need more pitching, and that the bullpen will be a key area to improve on over the next couple of years, this trade seems like it’s pretty even.
The Mets weren’t keeping or bringing Duda back next season with Dominic Smith waiting in the wings, and absolutely destroying the ball in Triple-A. They weren’t going to make him a qualifying offer either, so they needed to get the best return possible, and Smith seems to be it for a rental.
The Rays, on their part, get a strong defensive first baseman that will have a good time aiming for that short porch in right field when they show up to the Bronx. They’re looking to make a playoff push, and are all in in 2017, so hopefully Duda can provide the boost they need.