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Three Mets most likely to get traded before Opening Day

DENVER, CO - JUNE 19: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrates a first inning run scored with Dominic Smith #22 at Coors Field on June 19, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 19: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrates a first inning run scored with Dominic Smith #22 at Coors Field on June 19, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 29: Dominic Smith #22 of the New York Mets celebrates after hitting a walk-off 3-run home run in the bottom of the eleventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on September 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The New York Mets haven’t made any major subtractions from the roster via trade, but these three players still look most likely to get dealt before Opening Day 2020.

At the start of the offseason, I took a look at which members of the New York Mets roster were most likely to get dealt between the end of the World Series and Opening Day 2020. The Mets haven’t shipped anyone from the major league roster away yet. The only trade they did make brought backup outfielder Jake Marisnick to town in exchange for minor leaguers.

The big splash many were expecting from Brodie Van Wagenen never did come. Now near the end of December, it feels like it never may.

A lot has changed since I first took a look at which Mets could get traded this offseason. The team now has a surplus of starting pitchers which could make one expendable. Yoenis Cespedes actually may return and this takes away at-bats from a few other guys.

There’s a good chance only one of these men actually does get dealt this winter. However, if you want to place a bet on it, these three look most likely to wear a different team’s uniform by Opening Day 2020.

Dominic Smith

Still the most likely Mets player to get traded in my opinion, Dominic Smith is lost in the woods as a member of the Metropolitans. He’s a first baseman on a team with one of the best in the game at the position. Pete Alonso isn’t going to lose an at-bat for the sake of getting Smith into the lineup.

What does this mean for Dom?

Trade speculation about where Smith goes has been lighter than I expected. Because the team has had rumored interest in potentially pairing him with a bad contract to move the money and free up payroll, I think Smith’s stay in New York has lengthened.

Some more trouble the Mets run into in their Smith shopping is how many first basemen are out there. In recent offseasons, plenty of capable first basemen have settled for lesser deals—some even signing minor league pacts despite coming off of productive years at the plate. There may not be a single team out there right now in desperate need of a first baseman. They could either move a player there or there’s a free agent they could take a chance on.

Smith does give a team what essentially equates to a prospect with big-league experience. The difference is he’s a little closer to free agency than a guy who has spent his entire life in the minor leagues. A team on the rise, like the Chicago White Sox, would make a whole lot of sense if they had room available.

Smith is a good ballplayer and the Mets shouldn’t sell him for less than they desire. If he’s still with the team on Opening Day, then great! Let’s get some great pinch-hits out of him.

If he’s somewhere else, let’s root for him and hope the star reliever the Mets acquire in exchange has a spectacular year.

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