Mets: Four bats the Mets might trade for a starting pitcher this offseason
By Tim Boyle
Mets trade candidate Dominic Smith
Finally, there’s one of the best trade pieces on the Mets right now, Mr. Dominic Smith. Smith has seen his name pop up in trade rumors for a while now. Before it was because he couldn’t play well and fans were willing to skip driving him to the airport and take him right to his new city. Now, trade talks about Smith are because of how great he is becoming.
It wasn’t easy for Smith to become a fan-favorite in Flushing. It took two grueling partial seasons in 2017 and 2018 before he began to hit well in 2019. He looks even better in 2020 and other general managers have to notice the predicament the Mets are in.
To state the obvious, there’s no real place for Smith to play. First base is occupied by Pete Alonso and he’s not truly a left fielder. They can move things around if the DH remains available and even then it feels as if the Mets will have to put at least one starting position player on the bench on any given night.
It’s not a horrible problem to have but without a trustworthy starting rotation one through five, they need to consider moving a good bat to get the arm.
More than anyone else on the team, Smith looks like the trade candidate who could net the Mets a good starting pitcher. We’ll need to see how he performs for the rest of 2020, but teams in need of some offensive production and a surplus of pitching need to think about it.
The Mets shouldn’t trade Smith for just any arm. His value is at its high point right now. For all of those general managers that passed on him before, the price tag just went up.
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