New York Mets trade rumors coming out of the Winter Meetings report the Texas Rangers have talked about a package that would land them Dominic Smith and Jed Lowrie.
A name we expected to see plenty in New York Mets trade rumors this offseason is Dominic Smith. With seemingly no clear fit or path to regular playing time, the young first baseman and occasional left fielder is one of the club’s best trade pieces.
At the start of the offseason, we expected those same Mets trade rumors involving Smith to help land them relief help or possibly a center fielder. Instead, the latest Mets trade rumors have him packaged together with Jed Lowrie to shed some salary.
We recently learned the Oakland Athletics are a potential suitor for Lowrie. However, there’s another team in the AL West who may be willing to take him on.
At this week’s Winter Meetings, the Texas Rangers talked with the Mets about a package that included Smith and Lowrie. We can assume the Rangers would take on all or most of Lowrie’s salary in a deal like this because they are also getting Smith.
The Rangers are one of this winter’s sleeper teams many expect to make a big splash. They were one of the top candidates to sign Anthony Rendon before the Los Angeles Angels blew him away with a seven-year deal worth $245 million. The team has yet to make any major addition. And while this trade wouldn’t excite the fans too much, it’s a way to add a young player to the lineup and use some of the extra money they may not be able to spend after all.
For as poor of an impression as Lowrie made on Mets fans in 2019, there may still be clubs out there who view him as a potential contributor. At the very least, there could be a team out there impressed enough with Smith to accept one year of paying Lowrie in exchange for multiple seasons of Dom Bombs.
In other words, a package of Smith and Lowrie is a lighter version of what the Mets acquired last year from the Seattle Mariners.
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The Winter Meetings are far from the end of any offseason trade talk. Even if Texas has moved on from this package for the time being, we could see them eventually turn up in future Mets trade rumors.