NY Mets fans were ready to move on from Dom Smith
Dom Smith had his breakout season in the shortened 2020 campaign. He slashed .316/.377/.616 with ten home runs and 42 RBI. Pete Alonso was the first baseman of the future, but Dom looked like he'd be the left fielder of the future. Even with his subpar defense, his bat would make it worthwhile. Once the DH would come to the National League, the Mets would be golden.
Unfortunately, Dom never did come close to repeating that 2020 season. He slashed .244/.304/.363 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI in 2021. He had more extra-base hits in the shortened season (32) than he did in 95 more games played in 2021 (31).
This past season, Dom had a shot at some of the DH at-bats and had 26 hits in 134 at-bats. He did not hit a single home run and has not hit one since July of 2021.
The former first round pick never showed much of anything outside of that 50-game 2020 season. Both sides needed a fresh start.
Smith did not have a role on the Mets and being non-tendered was a foregone conclusion. I like Dom Smith the person a lot, but the player has given the Mets nothing in the last two seasons. Mets fans have been ready to move on, and the team finally did it.