In late-December, major-league sources told FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal that the Mets had been semi-engaged in trade talks to acquire a new center fielder, though the move would require first trading Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson >> Read more from Dec. 20.
According to Rosenthal, though the Mets had talked with the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen, there was no momentum toward making a deal.
Teams interested in trading for a center fielder have also reportedly contacted the Rockies about OF Charlie Blackmon, though Colorado's GM has repeatedly said he will not be traded.
Smith, who hit .295 against right-handed pitching last season, would've been a nice platoon partner for Juan Lagares, who hit .260 against lefties last season. And, together they would've combined to earn around $5 million.
Obviously, we know what Lagares can do with the glove, but Smith is difficult to judge. He's so fast that he tends to get in a position that makes most catches look easy and routine. So, in either case, he gets the job done. And, oh can the boy fly.
I have no idea if Sandy Alderson would have interest in this sort of situation. It would only make sense if he's trading two of Granderson, Bruce or Michael Conforto -- although, I suppose he could spread Smith, Lagares, Granderson and Conforto across two positions, with Conforto occasionally getting time at first base. But, I truly believe they want Conforto playing every day and, preferably, in the outfield.
As for the M's, if they suddenly have interest in a left-handed hitting corner outfielder who can hit 30 home runs and will make just $13 million next season, please point them in the direction of Bruce.