One area the Mets’ have struggled with over the past several years is a consistent speed factor, but they have a non-roster invitee who could easily fill that role for them.
Joining the Mets on a minor league contract for the 2021 Spring Training, outfielder Mallex Smith is known as a “speedster”, having recorded over 40 stolen bases in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Prior to joining New York, Smith spent the first five years of his major league career bouncing around the league between the Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners
His breakout year as a player was in 2018 as a member of the Mariners, where he hit .296 with a .367 OBP while recording 40 steals over a career high 141 games.
Despite swiping 46 bags the following year, his batting average in 2019 dropped to .227, and Seattle outrighted him from the 40-Man roster in 2020 after a slow start to the season.
At 27 years old, Smith likely has plenty of baseball left in him, and if he can regain some semblance of his 2018 form, he could be an asset to the team as a 4th outfielder and as a bat off the bench.
He is admittedly off to a slow spring, having only recorded 3 hits and 4 walks over 20 plate appearances, although he has driven in 3 RBI and recorded 3 stolen bases.
Regardless how his numbers currently stand, this is a small sample size and if Smith manages to pick things up over the final weeks of spring training, he could make a strong case to break camp with the Mets for opening day.