Why the Mets trading Dominic Smith to the Brewers makes sense for both clubs
Another team that is particularly starved for offense is the Milwaukee Brewers. In essence, they are a slightly better version of the Guardians. They have quality starting pitching, and one of the best bullpens in baseball. However, they also were dependent on Christian Yelich for offense in 2021. Because Yelich had a down year, the Brewers offense suffered accordingly.
Therefore, it stands to reason that the Milwaukee Brewers could use a lot more offense. In a winnable National League Central, the Brewers should be aggressively seeking to improve their team because their odds at winning the division are already high. Improving their odds starts with addressing their major weakness, and that is where Dom Smith comes in.
The Brewers did not receive reliable production at the first base position for the majority of the year. Daniel Vogelbach ended up getting demoted because of his performance, and Keston Hiura struggled mightily in 2021. It was only until the Brewers acquired Rowdy Tellez from the Toronto Blue Jays that the team began to receive decent offensive production at the position.
However, the introduction of the designated hitter means that the Brewers will need to find another offensive bat somewhere to fill the void, and that is where Smith could be valuable. In this scenario, Smith would receive the majority of the playing time at first base, and Tellez would become the team’s primary designated hitter. This would be a dream scenario for Milwaukee because it accomplishes two important things that improves the team: acquiring Smith gets another offensive bat in the lineup that could provide protection behind Yelich, and moving Tellez to the designated hitter spot for Smith would improve the Brewers’ infield defense on the right side of the infield.
As for the Mets, I would check in again on Josh Hader. Although the Brewers may find him valuable, he is also coming off of a down year. However, the Mets need another left-handed reliever in their bullpen, and Hader has been one of the better relievers in the game for the past few years. In 232 career appearances, he is 96-for-112 in save opportunities, has a 2.26 ERA, a 0.854 WHIP, and an excellent 15.4 K/9. He would be an excellent fit for the Mets bullpen.
The Mets would need to dangle more than Smith in order to get Hader, but this is a trade worth exploring, because both teams would benefit from it.