Former New York Mets slugger Dominic Smith generating interest

Former New York Mets slugger Dominic Smith may not be out of a job for long.

Smith had been one of the more interesting players to be non-tendered on Friday, a move that would have been inconceivable two years ago. Teams were ready to pounce just in case this happened as Mike Puma from the New York Post reported that the Rays and Royals are amongst the teams interested in his services.

Former New York Mets slugger Dominic Smith could have new job soon

There was a time not that long ago when Smith appeared to be a key part of the Mets’ future. He had a breakout showing in the pandemic shortened 2020 season, posting a 168 OPS+ with ten homers and 21 doubles in his 199 plate appearances, earning MVP votes along the way. With his ability to play first and left, he appeared to have solidified his place on the roster.

That was not to be the case. Smith battled injuries in 2021 as his production predictably suffered. His production slipped even further last year as he spent time between the majors and Triple-A, posting a .194/.276/.284 batting line with just ten doubles in his 152 plate appearances as he failed to homer.

There is always a chance that Smith could bounce back. Injuries and inconsistent playing time ruined his opportunity with the Mets and there is no longer any room on their roster for him. However, a change of scenery and a new organization could give Smith the chance he needs to turn everything around and be a productive major leaguer once again.

It is also interesting that the Rays and Royals are the two teams specifically mentioned as being interested in Smith. The Rays have a history of being able to find viable options on the scrap heap while the Royals are hoping to replicate their success. Maybe, just maybe, Smith can be a productive option once again.

Former New York Mets slugger Dominic Smith is generating plenty of interest. It may not be much longer until he has a new job.