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Five Mets players Brodie Van Wagenen is most likely to trade this winter

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 11: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets bats against the Washington Nationals during their game at Citi Field on August 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 11: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets bats against the Washington Nationals during their game at Citi Field on August 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 26: Dominic Smith #22 of the New York Mets dives safely into third base after stealing second and advancing on a throwing error by catcher J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on June 26, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Dominic Smith

It feels like Dominic Smith is in the same boat as Davis with an added bonus. Smith has no position to play because of that darn Pete Alonso and his massive home run stroke. As a capable first baseman, Smith does have a glove for the major leagues. The problem is he’s blocked right now and unable to play the field well anywhere else.

The Mets did try to teach Smith left field. The results were possibly even worse than what we saw out of Davis. Smith is not a left fielder. He’s a first baseman.

In his breakout offensive season last year, Smith knocked 11 home runs and slashed .282/.355/.525 in 197 opportunities. Injuries limited his time on the field. If staying in New York was something he hoped to achieve this season, he may have failed.

Davis outperformed Smith on offense and his right-handed stick seems to fit better with the rest of the roster. I love the idea of stashing one of them on the bench every night. I also know the Mets can potentially get something good in return for either of them this winter via trade.

Destinations for Smith are a little different. Because he has shown an ability to play first base, the National League is open for him. The downside is he plays first base. Guys at this position are easy to find. New York may have trouble finding a sweet enough deal for what he can give their squad.

Any trade involving Smith would require the Mets to receive at least one good relief arm. Otherwise, I would hold onto him and see if they can build a full roster with a dangerous bench.

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