3) Will Smith is a high-reward addition the NY Mets shouldn’t be shy about making
Once Will Smith was traded to the Houston Astros last year from the Atlanta Braves, he found his old self again. Smith was actually not that great with Atlanta for two and a half seasons. The 3.87 ERA and 42 saves is not what they signed up for.
A coveted lefty reliever in the past who became a successful closer briefly for the San Francisco Giants, Smith does have some stock to rebuild. However, the 3.27 ERA performance in 22 innings for the Astros in the final two months of the year was promising enough to at least look at him as a worthy buy as long as the price is right.
Home runs have been a bit of an issue for Smith and his control is far from elite. Surprisingly, he’s only 33. It feels like he has been around much longer.
Smith hasn’t gotten much attention at all this offseason. It would make sense for the Mets to wait and see him lower his asking price. Even putting him behind Raley on the depth chart makes sense. Watching him pass by and become a late-inning option for Buck Showalter wouldn’t be a shock either.
Plus, if you’re suspicious, Smith has won a World Series in back-to-back years. He’s the Terrance Gore of relievers right now.