The New York Mets have had an active offseason. Sure, they haven't added the big names we've become accustomed to seeing in recent offseasons, but they've made plenty of moves and should be better than they were in 2023.
It feels that the Mets are just about done in free agency after fortifying the bullpen with the signings of Adam Ottavino, Shintaro Fujinami, and Jake Diekman. Barring a change in the DH market, most of this team is what we'll see on Opening Day.
While free agency could be coming to a close, trades are certainly possible. No, Pete Alonso won't be dealt, at least not yet, but these five players are on the block right now.
1) Drew Smith
The best player that could be on the trade block right now is Drew Smith, a capable reliever who has had some good moments in a Mets uniform but is coming off a down year. With all of the additions the Mets have made in the bullpen, Smith looks as expendable as he has in recent years.
The right-hander was able to stay healthy and on the active roster for the entire season for the first time in his career, but he never quite found any sort of consistency, posting a 4.15 ERA in 62 appearances and 56.1 innings of work. He did keep the ball in the ballpark at a much-improved rate, but the tradeoff that came with that was inconsistent command, issuing 4.6 BB/9 and an 11.9% walk rate.
Smith is what he is at this point. He's a fine middle reliever but is not the late-game arm that the Mets hoped he'd be by this point. With Smith entering his final year of team control, the team could look to get something for him now, rather than go through what could be another uneven year and then lose him for nothing.
The 30-year-old being out of options limits flexibility. Acquiring someone who could come with team control might be a wise decision.