Mets Trade Rumors: Dominic Smith believed to be a hot target
By Tim Boyle
Early New York Mets trade rumors named Dominic Smith as a hot trade target and someone many teams will look at when ready to make a deal this season.
Who would have thought Dominic Smith would have this much buzz in 2019? The New York Mets gave him an opportunity to make the Opening Day roster and in those limited opportunities to play, he performed well. Due to the circumstances surrounding his placement in Triple-A at the moment despite having some of the best offensive numbers of anyone this season, early Mets trade rumors have suggested he’ll be a hot commodity this summer.
In a piece by Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, several men from the baseball world including talent evaluators and general managers have spoken highly of the 23-year-old first baseman. In the abridged version of what they had to say, Smith is someone they believe the Mets could get a nice piece for in a swap.
It all really depends on how highly teams around baseball grade Smith. If someone views him as a possible everyday first baseman, they would gladly give up a veteran arm for a young talent like him. In one example proposed by Feinsand, the Royals would acquire Smith in exchange for veteran pitcher Ian Kennedy.
This is the kind of trade Smith could be involved in. Since he’ll have to receive the bulk of his at-bats at the Triple-A level, the haul will likely include an aging arm with a high salary attached. For the Mets, it may be necessary to strike now while Smith’s value is at its highest.
Mets trade rumors—and any for that matter—are light this time of year. Even though they were able to add pitcher Wilmer Font in a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays recently, it’s not the time to expect anything drastic to occur.
However, it was in early May of 2018 when the Mets sent Matt Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Devin Mesoraco. I’d pay close attention to Mets trade rumors over the next few weeks. As a guy who can help out a big league squad immediately, Smith could get dealt sooner than most men on the move this year.
Pitching seems to be the priority in what the Mets need to add most, but that’s only because of the abundance of bats they have available. The team hasn’t hit much over the last week and that’s with nearly all of their position players healthy and in the lineup.
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A trade involving Smith feels inevitable this year. With others in the baseball world taking notice to how well he did play when given the chance, expect Smith’s name linked to plenty of Mets trade rumors from now through the end of July.