Dominic Smith might be on the IL right now but that didn’t stop New York Mets rumors about his future with the team from spilling out. According to FanSided’s Robert Murray, the team has engaged in trade talks involving him.
Smith has now gone more than a year without hitting a home run which is sacrilegious for a first baseman of any ability. He’ll have to wait a little longer and there’s no telling if he’ll even get a shot. There are plenty of other Mets rumors about the team looking to upgrade the DH spot which could have Smith sent to another organization or simply to the minors.
Where could Smith get traded? Let’s explore the options.
1) NY Mets rumors: Boston Red Sox are a trade destination or Dominic Smith
As Murray mentioned, the Mets and Boston Red Sox have been in talks about a possible Smith trade. They have their own version of him on their roster, Bobby Dalbec. A player who has hit for some pop in the past but has never really been able to do much else, the team has a dire need to upgrade at first base. They’ve started to give Franchy Cordero more at-bats at the position which improves them but doesn’t answer any long-term questions.
Smith might just be more of the same for the Red Sox or maybe they consider him a project or even a platoon option. Interestingly enough, their top prospect, Triston Casas, is a first baseman. Given this fact, it might not make a whole lot of sense for the Red Sox to have any interest in Smith for long.
Because he is still arbitration eligible, Smith could always get traded and then non-tendered. It doesn’t make too much sense to hold onto a player already making a few million only to stash him on the farm.
If Smith did get traded to the Red Sox by the trade deadline, it might be the rarest of deals between two contenders in the summer.