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."
Regarding the impetus behind signing Gonzalez, Fisher spoke about GM Sandy Alderson's familiarity with him.
"Sandy had Adrian Gonzalez in San Diego," Fisher said. "He's familiar with the player, and he's comfortable taking a risk on a mimimum salary."
While Gonzalez is expected to enter the season as the Mets' starting first baseman, Fisher doesn't believe it changes anything about Smith being the eventual stalwart at first base.
"This buys the Mets some time, potentially," Fisher said. "Dominic could go down to Triple-A for a couple of months, or potentially the whole season if Adrian has success.
"I think we saw that the speed of the game was a little fast for Dom in that last month. He struggled in all facets, and I don't believe that changes the fact that he is the first baseman of the future for the Mets organization."
The 39-year-old Fisher, who had been with the Mets since Omar Minaya's first stint in the front office, worked alongside Alderson and had previously been manager of baseball operations before he was promoted to director in 2013.