In early-November, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said rookie 1B Dominic Smith did not do enough in August and September to win the team's starting first base job.
As a result, Alderson is weighing a long list of players that could potentially play first base for them in 2018.
Smith told reporters Wednesday that he has no issue with Alderson's comments, which were also relayed to him by Alderson in a meeting toward the end of this past season.
Sep 10, 2017; Smith is congratulated by shortstop Rosario after hitting a HR. Credit: Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
"It's all about winning. You can't blame him for that," Smith explained, according to Newsday. "If I came up here and I hit .400 for a month and hit 15 home runs or did something like Rhys Hoskins, and then he said that, of course you would feel a different type of way. But that's not what happened."
Instead, while Hoskins hit .249 with 18 home runs in 49 games for the rival Phillies, Smith hit .198 with a .262 OBP, nine home runs and 26 RBI during the same stretch of games.
Alderson also recently commented on Smith's weight, saying, "Dominic's going to have to be careful about his conditioning, certainly in the next few years if not throughout his career."
Inspired by Alderson's remarks, Smith said Wednesday that he has already lost about 12 pounds since the end of the season due to a new health and fitness plan.
"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."
"This is something I want to get under control and never make it an issue again," Smith continued Wednesday. "I'd rather go through this at 22 than go through it in my prime."