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."
"In the big leagues, you can have anything you want and I'm going to make sure I make the right strides of eating the right foods," Smith said in November. "I'm going to make sure I make the right strides of being in the weight room every day and just looking forward to taking care of my body because at the end of the day, that's all you have."
While Alderson's comments about Smith were more positive after his initial comments about his conditioning, the Mets signed 1B Adrian Gonzelez to a major league deal earlier this month, and he has been told by the team that he will be the starting first baseman -- meaning Smith will almost certainly begin the season with Triple-A Las Vegas if Gonzalez is healthy.
Smith, 22, hit .198/.262/.395 with nine HR, six doubles, and 26 RBI in 49 games last season, during what was his first taste of the majors.