Best Case Scenario
The best case scenario for Smith is actually an offseason trade. The Mets don’t have room for him right now. Peter Alonso is knocking on the big league so hard it might break. Following the Jay Bruce trade and release of Wilmer Flores, there’s some room for Smith to play, but I doubt he gets a shot.
A team can only carry so many defensively-limited guys like Smith. The best way to handle this is to deal him in the offseason for a guy at another position.
What would the Mets get back in return; how about a utility man?
The Mets could use someone whose talents are very different than what Smith brings to the table. They need a guy who can play all over the infield. If he has good speed, that’s even better.
Somewhere out there is a guy in a similar position as Smith. If they can find this guy, it would benefit them and him to make a swap.
To cover the other scenario which has Smith staying with the Mets, the best case scenario would include a much better year on offense. On defense, he becomes a late-inning substitution for Alonso while performing well in the outfield as needed.
If Smith is lucky, he gets some early starts at first base. Even then, his time should be limited with Robinson Cano, Jeff McNeil, and Todd Frazier flaunting better resumes than him.
I don’t think there’s any possibility we see him move from beyond the bench barring injury. Since this is hardly a best case scenario for anyone but maybe him, let’s leave that out.