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Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) plays the ball off the wall as fans reach during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) plays the ball off the wall as fans reach during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Dominic Smith is making his first career start in the outfield on Tuesday night when he will play left field in the Mets' road matchup against Rockies at Coors FIeld.

Smith is shifting to the outfield in the absence of Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes, who are both on the disabled list. Bruce landed on the disabled list earlier in the day on Tuesday after playing in just one game since last Wednesday. 

Smith told reporters before Tuesday's game that he had a chance to work in the outfield at Coors Field on Monday and is excited about the opportunity.

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May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports  (Benny Sieu)
May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Jay Bruce, who has been battling multiple injuries and had played just once since last Wednesday, has been placed on the 10-day DL, with the Mets calling up reliever Tim Peterson to take his spot on the roster. 

On the heels of a three-strikeout game as he returned on Sunday from an upper butt/hip issue, the Mets had moved Bruce down to seventh in the lineup on Monday before scratching him due to hip soreness. He did not play on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday due to the issue. He has also been playing through plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and said Monday that it was still bothering him.

With Bruce now on the DL, the Mets are operating with a four-man bench, and their backup outfielders are Wilmer Flores and Dominic Smith. That could change soon, if Yoenis Cespedes returns from his hip issue...

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Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (29-38) will conclude their series with the Diamondbacks (39-31) at Chase Field on Sunday at 4:10 p.m. 

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Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates with catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports  (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates with catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (28-38) will continue their series with the Diamondbacks (39-30) at Chase Field on Saturday at 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said a ton during his conference call on Tuesday. In case you missed it, here's what you need to know... 


The Mets are still considering whether to demote the struggling Michael Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas. >> READ MORE

Noah Syndergaard is getting a second opinion on his finger injury, though nothing new happened injury-wise. >> READ MORE

 

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Aug 27, 2017; Dominic Smith (22) at Nationals Park. Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2017; Dominic Smith (22) at Nationals Park. Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Mets 1B Dominic Smith may not have been GM Sandy Alderson's first choice to replace Adrian Gonzalez, but it may work out in the long run. 

Smith was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas after Gonzalez was released by the Mets following Sunday's 2-0 win over the Yankees. Wilmer Flores would have been the replacement at first, but he is currently on the DL with lower back soreness. 

Alderson admitted Smith hasn't been "hitting the cover off the ball" like Double-A prospect Peter Alonso has. But Smith has "played very well around the bag" defensively. 

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A Gon is Bye Gon 00:01:22
On Daily News Live, the panel discusses the move by the Mets to release Adrian Gonzalez, and to see what they have in Dom Smith.

The beneficiary of the Mets releasing the struggling Adrian Gonzalez will be Dominic Smith, who will get the call from Triple-A Las Vegas before Tuesday's game against the Braves in Atlanta. 

That the Mets opted for the lefty-hitting Smith over the righty-hitting Peter Alonso (currently slugging .567 for Double-A Binghamton) isn't a surprise, but it should at least pave the way for Alonso to get promoted to Triple-A. But let's get back to Smith, who is hitting just .260/.343/.370 with two HR and 16 doubles in the hitters haven that is the Pacific Coast League.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterFinally. You all know I have been team Dominic Smith since last year. I was not a fan of the offseason move of getting Adrian Gonzalez for a plethora of reasons. I kind of warmed up to him when he hit that grand slam against the Nationals earlier this season, but this has been a long time coming. Smith is getting a second chance. And I am excited to see what he can do...

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Feb. 2018: Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso takes BP in St. Lucie. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog
Feb. 2018: Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso takes BP in St. Lucie. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog

If you have been holding your breath waiting for the Mets to call up 23-year-old first baseman Peter Alonso, you should probably stop.

The Mets have no plans to bring Alonso to the majors this season "no matter what," Mets radio announcer Howie Rose said on Sunday night, citing a "pretty strong source" within the organization. 

Adrian Gonzalez was released after Sunday night's win over the Yankees, with Dominic Smith on the way from Triple-A Las Vegas to join the team before Tuesday night's game in Atlanta...

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Apr 8, 2018; Binghamton, NY, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies first baseman Peter Alonso (16) (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 8, 2018; Binghamton, NY, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies first baseman Peter Alonso (16) (Gregory Fisher)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterWith the Mets at 27-32, GM Sandy Alderson says the possibility of a rebuild is 'remote,' and that he believes the team will overcome their current struggles as they try to reach the postseason.

But in order to help the Mets emerge from their offensive malaise and get back on track, there needs to be more aggression when it comes to upgrades to the 25-man roster. In that vein, slugging Double-A Binghamton first baseman Peter Alonso says hi. 

The 23-year-old Alonso is hitting .316/.453/.596 with 15 HR in 58 games this season for Binghamton -- entering Thursday with the fourth-highest OPS in all of the minors. And he's the kind of right-handed power bat the team is in desperate need of...

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Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The MLB Draft is Monday night, with the Mets holding the No. 6 pick and connected to a pair of college third basemen. Before they make their selection, let's take a look back at the Mets' first round picks during the Sandy Alderson era...

2011, No. 13: Brandon Nimmo, OF, Cheyenne East High School (Cheyenne, Wyoming)

With his first pick as Mets GM, Alderson selected Nimmo -- who did not play high school baseball since Wyoming was one of three states without it. Instead, he played American Legion ball. This selection was bashed by some soon after and in the years following, and it seems that bashing was way off. Nimmo, 25, is hitting .276/.421/.559 with seven HR this season while establishing himself as an offensive catalyst... 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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BNNY: Bautista joins the Mets 00:06:25
The BNNY panel discusses Jose Bautista signing with the Mets, and whether he is a good fit for the team this season.

The Mets have agreed to a one-year major league deal with INF/OF Jose Bautista, who was released by the Atlanta Braves this past weekend, the Mets announced Tuesday. Bautista will be available for Tuesday night's game, with Phillip Evans optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster.  

SNY's Andy Martino had reported a deal was close. 

Bautista, who was just 5-for-35 (.143) with two home runs after joining Atlanta's big-league roster on May 5, had agreed to a minor league deal in April.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets SS Amed Rosario hit two home runs Sunday and provided a glimmer in to the dynamic, smooth and powerful player he projected to be when making his debut last summer.

It would be a godsend if Rosario emerged this season as the player we all hope he can be and helped lead the Mets to a long winning streak. The thing is, he's still 22 years old. So, instead of an immediate All Star, he's been a typical young player, showing signs of amazing talent in a sea of pressure and learning curves.

I realize we live in a league where it seems every day a new phenom emerges to step in to the spotlight. But, there are far more young players who are making their debuts in line with Rosario, who has produced a career OPS well below average...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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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)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With the Mets down to three healthy outfielders on their 25-man roster -- and with zero outfielders on their 40-man roster beyond those three -- Dominic Smith (yes, Dominic Smith) made his professional outfield debut over the weekend with Triple-A Las Vegas. The slimmed-down Smith started in right field on Saturday night, and threw a runner out at second base.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway smirked prior to Sunday's game while addressing the Smith-to-the-outfield thing -- not because the idea of Smith being out there is crazy, but because it was done due to the fact that the Mets are simply running out of healthy outfielders.  At the moment, Wilmer Flores and Phillip Evans are the Mets' backup outfielders. 

"The way he's been moving around, the way he's been working, he's a really good athlete," Callaway said about Smith. "With the injuries we've had, it makes some sense for him to go out in right field and get some reps. ... This only gives Dom another option to be able to make it back up here and contribute." In the short-term, if Smith can hack it in the outfield, it will give the Mets an option to turn to if another outfielder is lost due to injury. The long-term options are even more interesting...

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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)

One day after Dominic Smith made his outfield debut for Triple-A Las Vegas, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said the added experience "only gives Dom another option to be able to make it back up here and contribute." 

Smith played right field for Las Vegas on Saturday night, marking the first time he played the outfield in his professional career.

The decision to shift Smith to the outfield came after Mets OF Juan Lagares was placed on the disabled list with a toe injury and could miss the rest of the season. OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip) also landed on the DL earlier in the week.

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Apr 8, 2018; Binghamton, NY, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies first baseman Peter Alonso (16) (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 8, 2018; Binghamton, NY, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies first baseman Peter Alonso (16) (Gregory Fisher)

Double-A Binghamton 1B Peter Alonso hit two home runs in a game Tuesday for the third time in his career. He also had a single during the game and is now batting .367 with a .478 OBP and 33 RBI in 36 games this season. His 11 home runs and 1.173 OPS are tops in the Double-A Eastern League.

MLB.com ranked the 23-year-old Alonso the Mets' fourth-best prospect entering this season. However, he's been so hot to start this season and getting the attention of other organizations that I bet he's No. 1 or 2 when MLB re-ranks their list during July.

"Alonso's plus raw power has long been his carrying tool," wrote Ben Badler for BA recently. "He hit well last year in the high Class A Florida State League, but he's showing signs of becoming an even more complete hitter in 2018. ... He doesn't strike out excessively and he's displaying more plate patience than he did a year ago."

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May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches his two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches his two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThis week in Mets Land was the week of babies. Jay Bruce and his wife, Hannah, welcomed a son named Maxwell -- their second child. But that's not all. David Wright and his wife, Molly, welcomed their second child -- a baby girl named Madison.

In terms of on the field action... eh. There were two wins, a rainout, and three losses. One important and reassuring factor is that Michael Conforto has broken out of his slump, helping the Mets win in Monday night's game when he returned from his mental health break, and hitting a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning of Friday night's game.

Speaking of Friday night's game, it was a come from behind win, like the ones we saw in the month of April. And that was reassuring to both the fans and the team -- that the Mets still do have it in them; that they can rally and win. We even saw the Mets try to do this in Sunday afternoon's game, but it unfortunately didn't happen...

Tags: David Wright, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Michelle Ioannou
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Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) celebrates with right fielder Jay Bruce (19) after the Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in ten innings at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) celebrates with right fielder Jay Bruce (19) after the Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in ten innings at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Doug Williams and Andy Martino are back for another episode of Shea Anything, where they take their first real look at Mickey Callaway's job performance managing the Mets. They also discuss the Matt Harvey trade to Cincinnati and all the twists and turns that led to the deal.

Devin Mesoraco -- the man who the Mets received in the trade -- is also a topic of conversation as the guys take a look at the catching position and how it'll change once Kevin Plawecki returns from injury. And, finally, Dominic Smith is called up to the big leagues, but is it just for a few games? The guys discuss that as well, and why Dom may not be the type of player the organization really wants.]

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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)

Dominic Smith arrived from Triple-A Las Vegas when the Mets placed Jay Bruce on the paternity list prior to Friday's series-opener against the Phillies in Philadelphia. And he will likely return to Triple-A in three days when Bruce returns, Mickey Callaway said. 

The 22-year-old Smith, who is not in the lineup on Friday night, is hitting .278/.390/.417 with two HR, eight doubles, and one triple in 31 games (115 at-bats) this season for Las Vegas. He hit .198/.262/.395 with nine HR and six doubles in 49 games (167 at-bats) for the Mets in 2017 during what was his first taste of the majors.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThree days. Dominic Smith has three days to hopefully get some playing time and start to erase what happened during Spring Training. I was #TeamDom last season, as many of you know. I was excited to see what he had to show. I was angry when Terry Collins didn't let him finish games. But, I was also upset that he did not live up to the expectations I had for him...

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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 called up Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas and placed Jay Bruce on the paternity list prior to Friday's series-opener against the Phillies in Philadelphia.

Bruce, who is traveling home to Texas to be with his wife for the birth of their second child, expects to miss all three games against the Phillies.

Smith, 22, is hitting .278/.390/.417 with two HR, eight doubles, and one triple in 31 games (115 at-bats) this season for Las Vegas.

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St. Lucie Mets first baseman Peter Alonso connects for a two-run double in the second inning against the Florida Fire Frogs at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
St. Lucie Mets first baseman Peter Alonso connects for a two-run double in the second inning against the Florida Fire Frogs at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

As the Mets struggle through a nearly team-wide rough patch, the young Peter Alonso is smashing expectations with Double-A Binghamton and rapidly entering the conversation of how the Mets should handle first base.

Since being drafted in the second round in 2016, Alonso -- a right-handed hitting first baseman -- has seen success everywhere he's played. After putting up an .878 OPS with High-A St. Lucie in 2017, he made a short but impressive Double-A debut, hitting .311 over 11 games. But his 2018 numbers, at just 23 years old, have been nothing less than eye-popping. In 98 plate appearances over 22 games, he's slashing .400/.500/.788 with seven doubles, eight home runs, and almost as many walks as strikeouts.

Scouting reports have always looked positively on Alonso's offense, particularly his potential for power. He has put to rest early doubts of his ability to harness that potential as he has improved at every level, even while losing time to a hand injury last year. There have been questions about his abilities at first base, particularly due to his unusual profile as a right-handed thrower. But the Mets like what they're seeing as he develops, with Sandy Alderson noting "Not only has he hit well, but his defense has apparently improved quite a bit."

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St. Lucie Mets first baseman Peter Alonso connects for a two-run double in the second inning against the Florida Fire Frogs at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
St. Lucie Mets first baseman Peter Alonso connects for a two-run double in the second inning against the Florida Fire Frogs at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso has started the season on fire for Double-A Binghamton. 

The 23-year-old Alonso, who has homered in his last four games, hit .545/.667/.1.136 with one double, four HR, 8 RBI, and 8 walks last week.

"Alonso's plus raw power has long been his carrying tool," wrote Ben Badler for BA on Monday. "He hit well last year in the high Class A Florida State League, but he's showing signs of becoming an even more complete hitter in 2018. He's off to a scorching .403/.500/.778 start with seven home runs in 88 plate appearances. He doesn't strike out excessively and he's displaying more plate patience than he did a year ago, with 14 walks in 20 games this year compared to 27 in 90 games last year."

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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...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Wilmer Flores, Maggie Wiggin
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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...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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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.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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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."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores
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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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Zack Wheeler
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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...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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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."

Click below for video of Smith working out

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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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