New York Mets: Three trade destinations for Dominic Smith

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 20: Dominic Smith #22 of the New York Mets looks on from the on-deck circle against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the first inning at Oracle Park on July 20, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 20: Dominic Smith #22 of the New York Mets looks on from the on-deck circle against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the first inning at Oracle Park on July 20, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Washington Nationals

As unlikely as it may be, the New York Mets could look within their division to deal Dominic Smith.

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Both the Mets and the Washington Nationals have designs on the NL East title, and the Nationals are coming off of their first championship. However, the two teams have gotten together before on deals, although none of those have been major moves. In fact, their last trade on March 30, 2015, involved Matt Van Dekker being sent to Washington for Jerry Blevins.

Obviously, a deal involving Dominic Smith would be a much bigger deal than the acquisition of Blevins. And, the Nationals would presumably have to pay a bit of a premium, considering that a controllable asset was being sent in division.

And yet, such a deal could be worth it to the Nationals. At this point, Howie Kendrick is atop their depth chart at first, and is another player better suited to a utility role. It is possible that Ryan Zimmerman returns as well, but he has not exactly been a paragon of health in recent years.

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The Washington Nationals could use a first baseman. It may be worth picking up the phone and chatting with a division rival.