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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith is hitting .297/.395/.595 with two HR and five doubles in 10 games (37 at-bats) this season for Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.

Smith, who began the season on the 10-day DL due to a strained right quad that kept him out for the majority of Spring Training, hit .330/.386/.519 with 16 HR in 114 games last season for Las Vegas before making his big league debut.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Offensive stats in the PCL need to be taken with a grain of salt. At the same time, if you're getting on base at a nearly-.400 clip while slugging close to .600, that's going to play in the majors -- even with expected regression.

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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith is traveling to Las Vegas on Sunday to join the Triple-A team, the team announced.

 

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New York Mets' Jay Bruce runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Saturday, July 15, 2017, in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Saturday, July 15, 2017, in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Jay Bruce said he would be surprised if he plays first base during the regular season, he told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

"I don't even think about it," Bruce said.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Bruce may not be thinking about playing first base, but he should be. Wilmer Flores will likely start at first base against left-handers, and Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he might even eat into Gonzalez's playing time against right-handers. But if Gonzalez's struggles carry over to the regular season, the Mets will have to explore the idea of using Bruce at first base on a somewhat regular basis...

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Mar 9, 2018; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Todd Frazier (21) fields a ground ball in the first inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 9, 2018; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Todd Frazier (21) fields a ground ball in the first inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

The Mets have long struggled with infield defense, culminating in last year's all-around disaster. Between all four spots, they totaled an incredible -68 defensive runs saved (roughly equivalent to losing seven games more than they would have with average defense) -- a mark double that of the second worst team.

No position was better than -10 defensive runs saved, with shortstop taking the cake at -24. There was no place to go but up and thankfully, with some new faces and some positional changes, the Mets should be in line for a big step forward.

Asdrubal Cabrera was one of the worst offenders in 2017 and while he's the only starter returning, he should benefit considerably from a positional change. While he is not expected to be a defensive whiz at second base, his performance there over the course of his career has far exceeded his performance at shortstop, where he has been a major liability almost every season. In a small sample in 2017, he was still a net negative at second, but more consistent time there should help significantly...

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Smith out until regular season 00:05:42
The BNNY panel discusses the Mets holding Dominic Smith out of action until the the beginning of the regular season due to his quad injury.

The irony of entering spring training in the best shape of his career and then pulling a quad that has sidelined him for virtually the entire Grapefruit League slate isn't lost on Dominic Smith.

After being scratched from the Mets' spring training opener for being late, the 22-year-old was back in the lineup on Feb. 24, only to pull up lame sprinting from home to first on what he didn't realize was a ground-rule double. 

"This is the most athletic I have felt my whole career," Smith said. "I joked around with some guys. I was like, 'Man, last year I probably wouldn't have pulled my quad because I wouldn't have been running so fast.' It's something you can't control and let it bring your spirit down."

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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith, who continues to be sidelined from game action due to a strained right quad, said he still feels pain and discomfort when he runs full-speed.

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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith was supposed to return to the lineup this past Sunday after missing roughly two weeks with a quad injury, but did not play. And he still hasn't returned to the lineup.

Smith was asked earlier this week when he would return, and he seemed frustrated, saying "your guess is as good as mine."

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterAfter being called out by Mets GM Sandy Alderson, Dominic Smith took the offseason seriously. He worked hard, worked out, lost a ton of weight, and wanted to contend for that first base starting role. He pretty much did everything you should do in the off-season, especially when you have a GM you need to prove yourself to. That is, everything except show up to the first game of Spring Training on time...

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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith is expected to play on Sunday when the team returns to Port St. Lucie, per MLB.com's Jon Morosi.

Smith has been limited to just one at-bat so far this Spring as he is suffering from a strained right quad. He faced Jacob deGrom in a simulated game on Tuesday, but has been doing his own hitting and fielding drills for the past week or so. 

Smith came into camp fighting for the starting first base position with Adrian Gonzalez, but it hasn't been much of a competition up to this point...

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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The Mets are dealing with some injuries to key players. Here's the rundown...


Amed Rosario (left knee irritation):

Rosario, who is day-to-day, received an MRI on Tuesday on his upper leg that came back clean, manager Mickey Callaway said, adding that Rosario is feeling better...

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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The Mets are dealing with some injuries to key players. Here's the rundown...


Amed Rosario (left knee irritation):

Rosario, who is day-to-day, received an MRI on Tuesday on his upper leg that came back clean, manager Mickey Callaway said, adding that Rosario is feeling better...

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Mets Spring Training injuries 00:03:34
The Baseball Night in New York crew break down the abundance of injuries that have taken place for the Mets so far this spring.

The Mets are dealing with some injuries to key players.

"I would say most of them are just being cautious," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday. "The things that some of them have, they'd be playing right through during the regular season."

Here's the rundown...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The Mets are dealing with some injuries to key players.

"I would say most of them are just being cautious," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday. "The things that some of them have, they'd be playing right through during the regular season."

Here's the rundown...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith (strained right quad) hit in the cage, jogged, and did on-field drills today, he told reporters in Port St. Lucie.

He had resumed hitting on Tuesday.

Smith said on Tuesday that he felt better, but that he wasn't putting a timetable on when he might return.

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Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have agreed to terms with all 22 pre-arbitration eligible players, including contracts with OF Michael Conforto, RHP Robert Gsellman, LHP Steven Matz, C Kevin Plawecki, OF Brandon Nimmo, SS Amed Rosario, and 1B Dominic Smith

Other players who signed contracts are RHP Tyler Bashlor, RHP Gerson Bautista, RHP Jamie Callahan. INF Gavin Cecchini, RHP Chris Flexen, INF Luis Guillorme, RHP Seth Lugo, RHP Kevin McGowan, RHP Marcus Molina, C Tomas Nido, RHP Corey Oswalt, RHP Jacob Rhame, INF T.J. Rivera, RHP Paul Sewald, and RHP Rafael Montero

Mets payroll currently stands at $152.6 million. They began last season with a payroll of $154.4 million, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera
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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The MRI on Mets 1B Dominic Smith's strained right quad came back "OK," manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after Monday's game.

Smith remains day-to-day.

"It definitely sucks, but it's part of the game," Smith said on Sunday. 

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Here are some thoughts on Yoenis Cespedes, Robert Gsellman, and more with the Mets roughly one month away from Opening Day at Citi Field...


Yoenis Cespedes...

Last week I pointed out that Cespedes looks heavier and thicker, yet also appeared to be moving better.

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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith said he does not believe his strained right quad injury is too concerning considering how early it is in spring training.

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Smith apologizes for tardiness 00:02:19
Mets first baseman Dominic Smith was late for a team meeting Friday and was then scratched from the team's first Grapefruit League game.

After being pulled from the lineup in the Mets spring training opening game on Friday for being late to a team meeting, Dominic Smith said he and Mickey Callaway had a private conversation came to an understanding. 

Smith, who started in the Mets second game on Saturday where he went 1-1 with 2 R, is ready to move forward.

"We had a private conversation and we both came to a clear understanding," Smith said. "Like I said, stuff like that can't happen. But it was yesterday, it's in the past and today's a new day."

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Feb., 2018: Mickey Callaway glares back at a bullpen session at FirstData Field (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)
Feb., 2018: Mickey Callaway glares back at a bullpen session at FirstData Field (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)

After announcing the pitching schedule for the first three Grapefruit League games, Mets manager Mickey Callaway discussed the shape Dominic Smith is in, why Juan Lagares will lead off a lot during Spring Training games, and more while speaking on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.

"Lagares is going through some swing changes, so you might see him leading off a lot in Spring Training," Callaway said. "Just to make sure he gets as many at-bats as possible."

\Watch Callaway's full talk with reporters below

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New York Mets pinch hitter Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a three run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pinch hitter Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a three run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith is confident that his new, slimmed-down frame could help him hit more home runs this season.

"I know I have more power than I had last year," Smith said, per the New York Post. "I worked on my swing, too, so I actually improved my mechanics and that is going to help me elevate the ball easier."

Smith lost roughly 30 pounds during the off-season following his first stint in the major leagues. The 22-year-old hit just .198 but had nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 49 big-league games last season.

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May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Tune in to Mets Hot Stove tonight at 6:30 on SNY, where GM Sandy Alderson, RHP Noah Syndergaard, 1B Dominic Smith, and catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki will be among the guests.

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New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will begin practicing in the outfield in an effort to add to his versatility and find ways to be in the lineup.

"It's not like I'm going to be out there a lot," Flores said, according to Newsday's David Lennon. "Just as an option. I don't want to sit on the bench. I want to play."

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Off-the-field news carried the day, and plenty of other stuff happened at Spring Training. Here's what went down, in case you missed it...


The Mets signed LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal. He will have a spot in the rotation, meaning there is an open competition for the two remaining spots. >> Read more

In light of Vargas signing, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said a six-man rotation is not likely. >> Read more

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Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez bats against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez bats against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets 1B Adrian Gonzalez said the back injury that ended his 2017 season prematurely has not been an issue this offseason, and that he has a "good grasp" on how to take care of it throughout this season.

Gonzalez, who said he switched his workout routine this offseason to focus more on physical therapy and pilates, believes he can be the hitter he was a few seasons ago.

"Absolutely," he said. "Last year, it's kind of like a crossout year for me."

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Former WFAN host Mike Francesa says the Mets are open to trading OF Juan Lagares to the Giants for 2B Joe Panik.

"I don't know if they'll keep Lagares or not," Francesa said Tuesday on WOR. "I know the Giants want Lagares. The Mets are interested in Panik." When asked what the Mets would do with Asdrubal Cabrera if they traded for Panik, Francesa said they'd "let him play as a utility-man -- that's all. I know they like Panik a lot."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If Panik's defensive struggles last season were a one-year blip -- and if the Mets are comfortable using Nimmo in center field every day until Conforto returns -- dealing Lagares for Panik actually makes sense...

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New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell)  (Tami Chappell/AP)
New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell) (Tami Chappell/AP)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith is in the best shape of his life. I know, this is one of the most pointless and overused cliches in sports. So, go ahead and roll your eyes. When done, though, understand that Smith actually is in the best shape of his life...

According to NY Post reporter Ken Davidoff, Smith has already lost 30 pounds since the end of last season, which helped him become more compact, lighter on his feet and limber.

"I feel more athletic than I've ever been," Smith told Davidoff. "As an athlete, I feel like this is the most advanced I've been for sure in my career."

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New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell)  (Tami Chappell/AP)
New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell) (Tami Chappell/AP)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith, who has slimmed down since the end of last season, has been working out at the Fischer Institute in Arizona in advance of Spring Training. Smith, who GM Sandy Alderson said needed to focus on his conditioning, said in late-November that he had already lost 12 pounds and that he understood where Alderson was coming from.

"I'm not taking anything for granted," Smith said on SNY's Mets Hot Stove. "I know I didn't perform how I'd like and I'm definitely going to work my butt off. ... This is something I want to get under control and never make it an issue again. I'd rather go through this at 22 than go through it in my prime."

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Adam Fisher on Bruce, Dom Smith 00:05:18
Former Mets and Braves front office executive Adam Fisher joins Mets Hot Stove to break down Jay Bruce and the Mets' plans at first base.

Former Mets and Braves executive Adam Fisher, who left the Braves earlier this offseason amidst their front office upheaval, was on Mets Hot Stove on SNY on Thursday night to discuss the team's acquisition of Jay Bruce, and how the Adrian Gonzalez signing might impact Dominic Smith.

Fisher, who had been serving as the Mets' director of baseball operations before joining the Braves, said one of the reasons the Mets brought Bruce back was because "he showed the Mets that he had the character to succeed in this city."

"One of the biggest challenges for a front office in this market is figuring out who has the makeup and character to succeed here," Fisher said. "There were questions about whether Jay would have success here, coming in to last season after he struggled coming over from the Reds. And he completely turned around that narrative. He was a very consistent presence in the Mets' lineup, he improved his defense, and he was also a very positive person in that clubhouse."

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Mets 1B Dominic Smith and Adrian Gonzalez. Credit: USA Today
Mets 1B Dominic Smith and Adrian Gonzalez. Credit: USA Today

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThere are some mixed feelings about the Mets' signing of veteran 1B Adrian Gonzalez. Some think it's a great, low-risk move, and make valid points about that. Others think it's an unnecessary move, and I am one of those people.

I'd understand the move more if Gonzalez was going to split time with Dominic Smith and act like a mentor to him beyond Spring Training. But, that's not the case. There is no competition for the job, as Gonzalez confirmed on Thursday. Adrian Gonzalez, a 35-year-old first baseman who spent the majority of last season on the disabled list, has the job. And the young, up-and-coming first baseman, Dominic Smith, does not.

I know Alderson was not happy with Smith's performance last season. I get that. Mistakes were made that should not have been. But, last season was the time to make the mistakes and learn from them. The team literally had nothing to lose as they were so far out of the playoff race. It seems like the Mets are giving up on Smith for this upcoming season. They shouldn't be...

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Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez bats against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez bats against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

New Mets 1B Adrian Gonzalez said on Thursday during a conference call that from what the team has told him, he expects to be the starting first baseman this season.

"There is somewhat of a defined role as far as starting a certain amount of games," Gonzalez said, adding that he'll serve as a mentor of sorts for Dominic Smith during Spring Training.

Gonzalez said Smith has a "beautiful swing" that "can generate a lot of power."

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Lucas Duda (Laurence Kesterson)
Lucas Duda (Laurence Kesterson)

The Mets are considering a reunion with free agent 1B Lucas Duda, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Duda, 31, was traded by the Mets to the Rays last July 27 in exchange for RH reliever Drew Smith. He hit .217/.322/.496 with 30 HR in 126 games last season with the Mets and Rays For his career -- which has been spent enitrely with the Mets aside from the last two months of the 2017 season -- Duda has hit .242/.340/.457 with 138 HR in eight seasons.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | A reunion between Lucas Duda and the Mets at this point would be puzzling, unless they are intent on trading Dominic Smith or having him spend the majority of the season with Triple-A Las Vegas...

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Mets shortstop Matt Reynolds (15) turns a double play. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Mets shortstop Matt Reynolds (15) turns a double play. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Once the Mets' three-year deal with free agent OF/1B Jay Bruce is final -- which may not be until next week -- they will have to clear a spot on the already-full 40-man roster for him.

The Mets recently added minor league RHPs Tyler Bashlor (who struck out 84 batters in 49.2 innings last season between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton) and Gerson Bautista (who they acquired from the Red Sox last season in the Addison Reed trade) to the 40-man. So it's a safe bet the two of them are safe.

And unless the Mets are dropping a pitcher such as Rafael Montero or Chris Flexen -- which they absolutely should not be doing given their lack of starting pitching depth -- it's hard to see a pitcher being removed from the roster at this point.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Jay Bruce, Matt Reynolds, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Aug 28, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals third basemen Mike Moustakas (8) at bat during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
Aug 28, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals third basemen Mike Moustakas (8) at bat during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

The Mets' "actions with agents indicate they will sign at least one significant free agent," reports Jim Bowden of The Athletic.

Bowden notes that the Mets have sent "mixed signals" regarding what they plan to do -- a likely reference to Joel Sherman of the NY Post's December report that the team had planned to cut payroll by roughly $20 million -- which would have left them with just $10 million to spend for the remainder of the offseason.

It was reported last week by John Harper of the NY Daily News, and then Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jon Morosi of MLB.com, that the Mets were monitoring the markets of some of the upper-echelon free agents, including 3B Mike Moustakas.

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Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (Peter Aiken)
Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (Peter Aiken)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterJ.D. Martinez, Mike Moustakas, and Lorenzo Cain are among 12 of the top 15 free agents -- as listed by MLB Trade Rumors -- who remain unsigned.

Of those top 15, Masahiro Tanaka (who was ranked No. 5) never officially became a free agent, meaning only two of the top 15 free agents have signed. Those players? Carlos Santana (Phillies) and Wade Davis (Rockies).

Earlier this offseason, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the team was seeking a first baseman who could also play corner outfield, a second baseman, bullpen help (they have since signed Anthony Swarzak), and rotation depth. Since then, though, he has seemingly dialed back expectations, expressing optimism in Dominic Smith (who he had been critical of) and listing starting pitching help as fourth on his list of three needs...

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Citi Field fireworks (Andy Marlin)
Citi Field fireworks (Andy Marlin)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

Happy New Year, fellow Mets fans! You know that saying "new year, new me?" Well, unfortunately our team is not living the "new year, new team" life yet.

There was some happy Mets family news, though -- Jerry Blevins is going to be a father! 

Click below for more

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Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana hits a double against the Los Angeles Angels in the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana hits a double against the Los Angeles Angels in the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Phillies have agreed to a three-year deal worth $60 million with free agent 1B Carlos Santana, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The deal includes a fourth-year team option, reports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.

The Mets, who have been seeking a first baseman who can also play corner outfield, were among roughly 10 teams expressing interest in Santana, Heyman reported in November.

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Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli (5) in action during the game against the New York Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Yankees defeat the Rangers 16-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli (5) in action during the game against the New York Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Yankees defeat the Rangers 16-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway has reached out to free agent Mike Napoli about the potential of joining the Mets, Joel Sherman of the NY Post reported earlier this week.

Along with the Mets, the Twins also have interest in Napoli, reports Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.

Napoli played for the Indians in 2016 while Callaway was the pitching coach.

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New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite saying he felt first baseman Dominic Smith did not play well enough in his brief MLB stint last season to already earn the starting job in 2018, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he and the franchise remain optimistic in Smith's potential moving forward.

Speaking at the MLB Winter Meetings on Sunday, Alderson said the team, which has reportedly considered making a run at several free-agent first basemen, including Eric Hosmer and Carlos Santana, likely wouldn't make a move that would take Smith out of the equation for next season

"I wouldn't expect us to do something that totally eliminates Dominic as a possibility," Alderson said. "We're still very high on Dominic, some of my comments earlier in the offseason notwithstanding."

 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterCompared to past weeks, this week was a bit quieter in off-the-field Mets land. Noah Syndergaard, as usual, had most of the fun -- at least from the looks of it on social media.

We found out that Thor -- who is now private on Instagram -- not only enjoys Christmas, but is quite the fan of Elf as well. But who isn't?

He went to the tree in Rockefeller Center, quoting the film in his caption: "Well, there are some things you should know. First off, if you see gum on the street, leave it there. It isn't free candy. Second, there are, like, thirty Ray's Pizzas. They all claim to be the original. But the real one's on 11th. And if you see a sign that says 'Peep Show,' that doesn't mean that they're letting you look at the new toys before Christmas."

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New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell)  (Tami Chappell/AP)
New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell) (Tami Chappell/AP)

The Mets have made no secret of their interest in bringing in a first baseman this offseason, which means one thing: they are not (yet) sold on Dominic Smith. And it's hard to make an argument that they should be.

Smith's debut was by any measure a disappointing one. Across 49 games in August and September, he hit a paltry .198 with a .658 OPS and failed to demonstrate either the smooth glove or the smooth swing that brought him to the majors in the first place. The one positive is that he showed the potential for real power for the first time in his career, hitting nine home runs with an isolated slugging close to .200. He still does not compare favorably to the average first baseman in that area, but he has shown consistent improvement year over year.

But a 22-year-old former first-round pick brings a lot of upside that a 183 plate appearance sample size doesn't necessarily encompass. So as the Mets explore their options, they'll be asking themselves what an extra year -- and, if offseason rumors are to be believed, a little less weight -- will do for Smith's numbers...

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Mets Hot Stove: Smith on '17 00:06:00
Dominic Smith discusses his 2017 campaign after not performing as well as he would have liked and using criticism as motivation for 2018.

In an effort to start at first base for the Mets in 2018, Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith plans to work this offseason on his swing and focus on improving his diet and a new wellness regimen.

"I'm not taking anything for granted," Smith said Monday night in studio on SNY's Mets Hot Stove. "I know I didn't perform how I'd like and I'm definitely going to work my butt off."

In early November, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Smith did not do enough in August and September to win the team's starting first base job.

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Tune in to SNY tonight at 6 to catch Dominic Smith on Mets Hot Stove!

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Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Lind (26) (Michael Owens)
Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Lind (26) (Michael Owens)

The Mets are reportedly interested in free agent 1B/OF Adam Lind, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

The 34-year-old, lefty-swinging Lind hit .303//362/.513 with 14 HR in 116 games for the Nationals in 2017 while splitting time between first base and left field.

Lind has had stark platoon splits throughout his career, slashing .288/.348/.504 against righties but just .217/.263/.329 against lefties...

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New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (54) doubles in a run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (54) doubles in a run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets INF T.J. Rivera, who had Tommy John surgery on his injured right elbow on Sept. 14, is hoping to return around the beginning of next season.

While pitchers usually miss between 12 and 18 months recovering from Tommy John surgery, position players can return in as little as six months.

Mets officials foresee Rivera returning this coming summer, but his goal is to get back sooner...

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Andy Martino reports live from the GM Meetings in Orlando and speculates on players the Mets may target to re-tool for the 2018 season.

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The Mets spoke on Tuesday with the representatives for free agent first baseman Carlos Santana because that's what baseball teams do in November: they take meetings and canvas the market. The same goes for free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain and the many other names sure to trickle from loose-lipped agents in the early part of the offseason.

But, according to sources with direct knowledge of New York's thinking, Santana is very unlikely to become a Met. The team remains more focused on finding a reliever, a second baseman (via free agency or trade) and an outfielder who can also play first base. Some reasons for this approach...

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Loud Mouths: Jim Duquette 00:05:49
Jim Duquette joins Loud Mouths to discuss the Mets' pitching staff, their offseason plans, and Sandy Alderson's comments on Dominic Smith.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson on Monday indicated that 1B Dominic Smith has not yet secured a starting job on the team for the 2018 season.

"He didn't win it in September, let's put it that way," Alderson said, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

In a post here Wednesday afternoon, I wrote that the Mets prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith are only penciled in as the team's starting shortstop and first baseman next season.

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The Mets are among roughly 10 teams expressing interest in free agent 1B Carlos Santana, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Along with the Mets, the Angels, Phillies, Red Sox, Mariners, and Indians are also interested in Santana.

Santana, 31, earned $12 million last year for the Indians while hitting .259/.363/.455 with 23 HR, 37 doubles, and 79 RBI in 154 games. He was also worth 10 DRS at first base and was a finalist for the Gold Glove award.

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The Mets are among roughly 10 teams expressing interest in free agent 1B Carlos Santana, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Along with the Mets, the Angels, Phillies, Red Sox, Mariners, and Indians are also interested in Santana.

Santana, 31, earned $12 million last year for the Indians while hitting .259/.363/.455 with 23 HR, 37 doubles, and 79 RBI in 154 games. He was also worth 10 DRS at first base and was a finalist for the Gold Glove award.

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LM: You Think This Is a Game? 00:01:39
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss the Mets players who were and were not in attendance at Travis d'Arnaud's recent wedding.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterWelcome to the offseason, everyone. Most Mets fans were wishing for this after the injury-riddled 2017 season, and now that we're here, many of us are right back to missing baseball.

But in this time period between the season ending and Spring Training beginning, the Mets are staying busy off the field. Thanks to social media and the internet, all of us get to see what's going on and stay connected to our players (who we hope are also hitting the batting cages). This past weekend for instance was the weekend of Mets weddings. Travis d'Arnaud, Brandon Nimmo, and Mets Minor league knuckleballer Mickey Jannis all walked down the aisle over the weekend, inviting some of their Mets friends.

Click below for lots of pictures from this weekend's Mets adventures...

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Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)
Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)

Orlando, Fla. - Mets GM Sandy Alderson is set to report to these GM meetings Monday morning. Here, he will have his first opportunity of the offseason to chat in person with his counterparts from rival teams and see if he can lay groundwork for trades. However, Mets people know they will have to get creative in order to pull off an impact deal. because the way this roster is constructed, trading won't be easy...

The Mets are seeking a late-inning reliever, a second baseman, a corner infielder or strict first baseman, and possibly a back-end starting pitcher. Free agency will be the easiest route to fill as many of those needs as possible, because the team knows that its farm system lacks the type of high-end trading chips Alderson had a few years ago (and even then he tended to hold onto his prospects).

The Mets have players on their major league roster that would bring back value, but I'm told they are highly reluctant to move most of them...

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