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.
The Mets don't know exactly what Smith will bring them in this big league stint. In 49 games with the Mets last season, Smith hit .198/.262/.395 with nine home runs in his first taste at the major league level.
"This may be a short-term proposition for Dom, it might be a longer-term proposition," Alderson said, adding that the team is eager to see what Smith can do.
After his first pit stop with the Mets, Smith knew he needed to make adjustments. One of them was getting in better shape, and he did that this offseason as he was noticeably leaner at Spring Training. Alderson noted that he has been diligent in keeping off the weight, and making sure he is as fit as possible.
"He's kept the weight off. He's worked hard on all of the facets of his game," Alderson said.
Smith traveled to Atlanta to join the Mets in their series-opener with the Braves on Tuesday night. He will play first base and hit seventh in the order.