Mets: Three potential Dominic Smith trade destinations this winter
By Tim Boyle
Where will the New York Mets trade Dominic Smith? We look at three teams who have something to offer the Mets and could use a first baseman in 2020 and beyond.
Dominic Smith trade talk, speculation, and ideas are everywhere this winter. The first baseman with no place to play is clearly on the New York Mets trade block. It certainly helps that he put together a fine yet abbreviated season in 2019, making him actually valuable to other teams.
Smith is one of the better trade candidates the Mets have on the roster and for several reasons. His age, low-cost, and years of control remaining should intrigue just about every organization looking for a change at first base. The trouble is, first basemen are aplenty and Smith has yet not proven that he can play at a high-level for a full season.
Regardless of these faults, he’s someone we should expect the Mets to heavily shop. If Smith does find a new home this winter via trade, where could he end up?
Boston Red Sox
For better or worse, the Boston Red Sox could be on a collision course to completely change the roster. They have a new general manager, Chaim Bloom, and they’re expected to attempt to reduce the team’s payroll. Mets fans know this all too well.
With first baseman Mitch Moreland now a free agent, the club could turn to the Mets for some first base help. Smith is a potential trade target for them in a variety of deals.
We know the Red Sox have several ways they could align their outfield for 2020. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. are a year away from free agency. Betts is less likely to swap uniforms because of the high cost associated with his 2018 MVP abilities. That’s not to say Bradley Jr. for Smith is a fair trade either.
The Red Sox and Mets have not been shy about making trades. Reliever Addison Reed found himself in Boston back in 2017 when the Mets shipped him up there in the middle of the season.
Smith is the kind of low-cost bat the Red Sox could use if a mini-rebuild is what they are about to embark on. With a variety of ways any trade could go, from a potential blockbuster involving multiple players to something lighter, it’s definitely a place we could see Smith play for the next few seasons.