Following a breakout year at the plate, the value for Dominic Smith is high, which is why the New York Mets should look to use him as a trade chip this offseason
As the New York Mets get set for their first offseason under the new regime, the word coming out of Flushing is that they’ll be active on the trade market. With multiple holes to fill, the Mets will have to use both free agency and trades to construct what Steve Cohen hopes will be a legitimate World Series contender in 2021. If the Mets want are looking to maximize the return on trades this offseason, those trade talks should include Dominic Smith
Smith broke out in 2020 where he compiled a line of .316/.377/.616/.993 along with 10 homers and 41 RBIs. While Mets fans may not want to part with the lovable first basemen, Dom’s value is sky high right now, which is why they should try to package him in a trade.
With the DH position not staying in the NL for 2021, playing time might become a bit tricky as the roster stands right now. With Pete Alonso set to man first base and left field appearing to have a rotating platoon of Brandon Nimmo and J.D. Davis, looking for places to plug Dom’s bat into the lineup will be tricky.
There’s a chance that other pieces could be moved this winter that would allow Smith to have a more solidified spot in the lineup. However, a much better defensive first baseman than a left fielder, Dom won’t benefit from having at-bats taken by Davis and Nimmo, which is why the Mets should look to explore dealing him to one of these three teams.