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Mickey Callaway on Smith, Alonso 00:00:51
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway explains how he would handle Dom Smith and Pete Alonso if both first basemen break camp with the team.

We suggested eight days ago that it could make sense for the Mets to carry both Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith on the Opening Day roster, and manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday the team is considering just that.

And If the Mets do carry the right-handed hitting Alonso and left-handed hitting Smith, Callaway suggested it wouldn't be in a straight platoon. 

"I wouldn't classify it as a platoon situation," Callaway said. "I think our main goal would be to put them in the best situation to succeed. ... keep them both healthy and in the game mentally."

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Checking out Brodie's Bunch 00:01:25
On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss the expanded front office staff surrounding Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

Doug Williams and Nelson Figueroa drop an all-new episode of Shea Anything, and they go long on the Pete Alonso vs. Dom Smith debate for first base.

They also go deep on whether or not Amed Rosario will break through with a star-making season in 2019, and try to make sense of the new MLB rules changes.

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Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith (SNY)
Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith (SNY)

With Opening Day just over two weeks away, the Mets are dealing with injuries to two infielders and watching as their two main competitors for the first base job -- Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith -- tear the cover off the ball. 

Given the current situation, it's a near-certainty that one of Alonso or Smith will grab the Opening Day job, but the intrigue doesn't stop there -- not with both of them being so young (Smith is 23 years old, Alonso is 24) and full of promise.

Both Alonso and Smith have proven their worth in the minors, and with them appearing to be in prime position to make a big league impact, how will the Mets handle it now and in the future?

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Mar 7, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 7, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (8-9) head to Jupiter to take on the Marlins (7-10) on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. 

Mets Notes...

Dom Smith is back in the lineup, batting third and playing first base, while Pete Alonso has an off day. ... Jeff McNeil assumes the leadoff spot but will not need a glove, since he's slotted to DH. ... Veterans Gregor Blanco and Rajai Davis will see action at the corner outfield spots. ... Jacob deGrom is on the mound.

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Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws during drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws during drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets infielder Todd Frazier took a very big step Monday in his return from a strained oblique, with him running, playing catch, and taking grounders in Port St. Lucie, he told reporters.

Frazier had first started running last Sunday, reported NorthJersey.com's Matt Ehalt

Frazier, who has been out since Feb. 26, received a cortisone shot after the injury was diagnosed, and Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said at the time that the MRI that confirmed the injury wasn't "overly alarming."

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Mar 4, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) hits a single against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 4, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) hits a single against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

At one point, Dom Smith was the first baseman of the future for the Mets. Now that mantle has been passed to Pete Alonso, but Smith isn't going down without a fight. 

He's been hitting well this spring, going 1-for-3 Sunday with an RBI to raise his average to .423. And if Alonso winds up heading north with the team following spring training, Smith sees a possible path for him to go along for the ride as well: playing the outfield. 

"I love it," Smith said, according to Anthony Reiber of Newsday. "I'm all in for it. It's something I hope they do. It would add flexibility and would just make our team better." 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso
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Mets shine behind Matz 00:01:30
Steven Matz pitched four strong innings for the Mets against the Cardinals and the Mets bats start to heat up winning 9-1.

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 9-1, on Sunday afternoon at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie. >> Box score

Six things to know about Sunday's game

1. As the first base battle raged on, Pete Alonso (who was the DH) went 1-for-3 with a walk (his OPS is 1.297)., and Dominic Smith (who started at first base) went 1-for-3 with a run scored (his OPs is 1.060)...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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Amed Rosario goes deep 00:00:10
The Mets had a break out inning in the second. Rosario capped off the inning with a 3-run shot.

The Mets are hosting the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. Highlights above and below...

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Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) doubles in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) doubles in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (7-8-1) host the Cardinals (6-7) on Sunday at First Data Field at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX. 

Mets Notes...

Amed Rosario returns to the lineup for the first time since exiting the game on March 4 after getting hit in the hand with a pitch. ... Jeff McNeil gets the start at third base as the Mets prepare for the possibility that neither Todd Frazier or Jed Lowrie will be ready for Opening Day. ... Steven Matz is on the mound. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Pete Alonso (20) onnects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Pete Alonso (20) onnects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso took his baseball-demolishing tour to JetBlue Park on Saturday when the Mets visited the Red Sox, and got some high praise from Sox manager Alex Cora after the game.

Cora, who has some MVP candidates on his roster, said Alonso is "Probably the best hitter in Florida right now," according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald

That praise came after Alonso sent a homer clear out of the ballpark...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (6-7-1) host the Miami Marlins (4-10) at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie on Friday at 1:10 p.m. 

Mets Notes...

Dominic Smith returns to the Mets lineup batting fifth as he takes a .500/.565/.700 slash line into Friday's game in his attempt to make the Opening Day roster. Amed Rosario continues to sit out after being hit on the hand by a pitch as Andres Gimenez gets the start at shortstop. 

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Checking out Brodie's Bunch 00:01:25
On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss the expanded front office staff surrounding Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

Doug Williams and Andy Martino drop an all-new episode of Shea Anything, where they sort out all the new advisors that GM Brodie Van Wagenen has surrounded himself with in the front office.

They also check on the competition between Dom Smith and Pete Alonso, try to figure out who will be the Opening Day third baseman, and wonder whether 2019 will be the Year of Noah or Not...

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Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With Opening Day three weeks away, the Mets are dealing with injuries to Jed Lowrie and Todd Frazier, getting terrific Spring Training production from a refreshed Dominic Smith, and slowly working Travis d'Arnaud back into the swing of things. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 2.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Steven Matz, LHP
  4. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Mets infielders Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie are both making progress as they rehab their respective injuries, but it seems likely that at least one -- and maybe both -- will not be ready for Opening Day on March 28.

Lowrie, who is working his way back from a sprained capsule in his left knee, said Thursday that he's making good progress and hopes to begin baseball activty soon.

But when asked about his potential Opening Day availability, Lowrie took the long-view.

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Two-man race heats up for Mets 00:01:17
Both Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith are having good springs, so the question becomes a little bit tougher, who makes the Opening Day roster?

Coming into Spring Training, the Mets didn't necessarily have a battle at first base. Veteran infielder Todd Frazier was making the shift from third to first, while top prospect Pete Alonso was expected to make a strong push to start Opening Day. 

Dominic Smith, though, has made things very interesting in Port St. Lucie.

Smith was once in Alonso's shoes as one of the Mets' top prospects, but he has yet to showcase that talent in the bigs. It's why he was taking reps in the outfield last season to see if he has a different fit on this Mets squad. But, this spring, he looks like a different player, one that has seen a rejuvenation in his game. 

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Two-man race heats up for Mets 00:01:17
Both Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith are having good springs, so the question becomes a little bit tougher, who makes the Opening Day roster?

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Dominic Smith is the feel-good story in Mets' camp, hitting ropes to all fields and so far making the case the Sandy Alderson regime gave up on him too quickly, sticking him in the outfield mostly so Wilmer Flores could play first base.

Meanwhile, Pete Alonso -- not Peter -- is the guy whose at-bats are must-watch moments in Port St. Lucie. He hits the highest, most majestic home runs since Darryl Strawberry was launching moon-scrapers (or hitting the roof in Montreal on occasion) as anticipation builds for the rookie's arrival in New York.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Pete Alonso, John Harper
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird doubles during the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird doubles during the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Dominic Smith is the feel-good story in Mets' camp, hitting ropes to all fields and so far making the case the Sandy Alderson regime gave up on him too quickly, sticking him in the outfield mostly so Wilmer Flores could play first base.

Meanwhile, Pete Alonso -- not Peter -- is the guy whose at-bats are must-watch moments in Port St. Lucie. He hits the highest, most majestic home runs since Darryl Strawberry was launching moon-scrapers (or hitting the roof in Montreal on occasion) as anticipation builds for the rookie's arrival in New York.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Pete Alonso, John Harper
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Two-man race heats up for Mets 00:01:17
Both Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith are having good springs, so the question becomes a little bit tougher, who makes the Opening Day roster?

Both Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith are having good springs so far, but the question remains difficult:

Who makes the Opening Day roster?

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Mar 4, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 4, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets lost to the Red Sox, 9-3, on Monday afternoon at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1. Steven Matz pitched well in the first inning and pitched well in the third inning. The second inning? Not so much. Matz said after the game that he didn't have much of a feel for his curveball but kept going back to it since it's spring training and he wanted to work on it. While working on it, he allowed four runs (all in the second inning) on five hits while walking two and striking out two in 2.2 innings. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeurys Familia, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

The Mets (5-4-1) host the Red Sox (4-5) on Monday at 1:10 p.m. at First Data Field in St. Lucie, which you can watch live on SNY.

Mets Notes...

Brandon Nimmo is back in the lineup (as the DH) after his bout with what was thought to be self-induced food poisoning that turned out to be a virus. ... Fresh off his 3-for-4 game Sunday that included a mammoth three-run homer, Dominic Smith gets the start at first base. ... The other half of the Mets' split squad travels to play the Astros.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Tim Tebow, Danny Abriano
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Travis and Zack on Mets win 00:01:08
Travis d'Arnaud comments on his spring training debut while Zack Wheeler talks about his lack of command in today's outing vs. the Cards

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 10-8, on Sunday afternoon in Jupiter >> Box score

Five things to know about Sunday's game

1. Dominic Smith, battling for a spot on the Opening Day roster -- and potentially the starting job at first base -- had a huge game, going 3-for-4 (including a mammoth three-run homer he hit to right field. He is hitting .500 this spring. 

2. Zack Wheeler struggled in what was his second spring start, allowing three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out one in 1.2 innings.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets fall 8-7 to Astros 00:01:36
The Mets played the Astros with Syndergaard starting. Diaz made his debut while Ramos hit a grand slam. NY fell short of the win 8-7.

The Mets lost to the Astros, 8-7, on Saturday afternoon at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie >> Box score

Six things to know about Saturday's game

1. Noah Syndergaard was uncharacteristically wild, walking five batters in 2.2 innings (he walked just 39 all of 2018), but he allowed no hits and struck out four while giving up just one unearned run as his fastball sat around 98 MPH and his changeup hit 93 MPH -- yes, 93...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway had his ups and downs in his first year as the team's skipper in 2018. After an 11-1 start to the season, the Amazin's looked destined for the postseason. But a horrendous June month washed away that hope, even after the team put together a strong finish to the season. 

Since then, the Mets have entered a win-now mode, spearheaded by its new GM in Brodie Van Wagenen. The former agent has brought in the necessary pieces to see the Mets compete for a division title in what is expected to be a tough NL East. And they still tout arguably the best starting rotation in the game.

With Van Wagenen already stirring the pot this offseason by saying "come get us" to the Mets' rivals, Callaway has some lofty expectations on his shoulder to produce a postseason-quality club. So, with that in mind, here are some questions he should be facing from the media in his first presser down in Port St. Lucie...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Sandy Alderson
Sandy Alderson

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | If the trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz pays off in a big way for the Mets, new GM Brodie Van Wagenen will be hailed for his boldness and creativity. But to some degree such success would also vindicate Sandy Alderson as well.

After all, it's fair to say the Alderson regime's biggest failure was poor drafting that led to a weak farm system. Certainly, I made that case more than once over the last couple of years, when injuries at the big-league level exposed the organization's glaring lack of talent in the high minors.

However, that assessment needs to be updated a bit, and now that Alderson has officially moved on to become a senior advisor with the A's, where he won a championship as GM and groomed Billy Beane for his Brad Pitt moment, there's a chance his tenure with the Mets will look better in the years to come...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Michael Cuddyer, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Sep 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) singles in a run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) singles in a run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Brodie Van Wagenen promised the first move wouldn't be the Mets' last one this off-season. 

So what's the new GM's next move? 

Maybe we'll find out during baseball's Winter Meetings, which begin Monday in Las Vegas, also known as Bryce Harper's hometown. The game's annual gathering is a prime opportunity for futher roster reshaping, beyond the Mets acquisitions of Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Brandon Nimmo, David Robertson, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Anthony McCarron
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Sep 18, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a single during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Sep 18, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a single during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

While making calls to rival executives to solicit opinions about the Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz trade, one particular comment stuck out, raising a thought that hadn't occurred to me.

"Maybe the National League with have the DH by the time he finishes his deal," said an American League GM (and credit where due, my colleague Nelson Figueroa independently floated the same idea in conversation this week).

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New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell)  (Tami Chappell/AP)
New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell) (Tami Chappell/AP)

Mets 1B/OF Dominic Smith's time in the Dominican Winter League has been short-lived, as he returns stateside after just seven games, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Smith noted in the regular season ended that he was excited to play in the highly-competitive league, saying he "heard nothing but great things about" it. However, that quickly changed when his team -- Toros del Este -- and him had a disagreement over his defensive assignment. 

Smith believed he was going to the Dominican Winter League to get more reps in the outfield, as he looked to get better at the position the Mets tested him in this season. 

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Dominic Smith (22) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Dominic Smith (22) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Players in a local softball league game at DeWitt Clinton Park in Manhattan were greeted by a surprise guest on Tuesday night:  Dom Smith.

The 23-year-old Smith met the players, signed autographs, took photos, and even had pinch-hit in the softball game, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. 

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Mets 1B Dominic Smith is finally seeing results at the plate after making a concerted effort to be more aggressive early in the count.

"Dom is putting good swings on the ball," Mets manager Mickey Callaway acknowledged this past weekend. "He's confident. He's going up there and he's attacking the ball. The last time he was here, he looked a little passive and not quite sure (of himself). Right now, he's taking the barrel to the ball and he's having good results."

Since returning to the Mets after a brief demotion to Triple-A, Smith has three hits, two for extra bases, in 10 plate appearances, during which he has struck out twice and walked once.

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Aug 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets LF Dom Smith left Saturday night's game with a tight left groin.

Smith was initially checked out by manager Mickey Callaway and trainers in the sixth inning, at which point he was replaced by Jack Reinheimer.

Smith was in Saturday's lineup one day after he hit a key game-tying home run in Friday night's loss to the Phillies.

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The guys talk Dom Smith 00:01:41
Gary, Ron & Keith discuss Dominic Smith's home run in tonight's game and his future with the Mets organization

The Mets managed to bring around three runs on Cy Young hopeful Aaron Nola, but it wasn't enough in a 4-3 loss to the Phillies on Friday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz
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Mets 1B/OF Dominic Smith will spend his offseason playing in the Dominican Winter League for Toros del Este, according to Newsday's Tim Healey.

Smith will continue working on his outfield skills, as he noted that's where he will mostly play. The Mets have been testing him there between Triple-A and the big club all season long. 

The 23-year-old is excited for this opportunity, especially after hearing from past players about the league. 

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My worry for former Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith is that, at still just 23 years old, he may have missed his moment to become an impactful, everyday player for the Mets. 

It happens to players all of the time... just ask Fernando Martinez and countless other former top prospects before him. Each player got a chance to show their skills at the big-league level, but - because of injury, a suddenly crowded field or just bad luck - they missed their brief moment to shine, got pushed aside or passed over and could never push their way back in to the spotlight...

"Whenever you're trying to introduce a minor league player to the majors, it's not always a straight line," Mets co-GM John Ricco told reporters earlier this week. "You have to grab your opportunities when you get them."

In less than one year, Smith has gone from being considered the organization's second-best prospect behind Amed Rosario to being a young man out of favor and without a position.

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Aug 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets activated Jay Bruce from the disabled list on Friday and also called catcher Tomas Nido up from Double-A Binghamton.

To make room on the 25-man roster, Dominic Smith and Jack Reinheimer were optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The move for Nido comes after catcher Devin Mesoraco left Thursday's game early due to a neck issue he was sent for an MRI on.

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New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell)  (Tami Chappell/AP)
New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell) (Tami Chappell/AP)

The Mets are taking on the Giants Wednesday night, and it was Dominic Smith who got them on the board first. 

In the bottom of the second, Smith hammered a solo homer to right field for his second on the season. 

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Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): People focusing on Dominic Smith's blunder Monday night that cost the Mets a game are missing the larger issue, which is that he shouldn't be in left field.

I understand that he's a big-league player and it would be nice if he knew the basics of charging on a ball with the shortstop in position to make the play. But, he didn't. Now he knows. But, why is he being charged with learning this situation at all when he's a natural, tried-and-true infielder, who prior to this season had only ever played first base?

In case you missed it, Monday night's game was tied in the top of the 13th inning, with two outs and runners on first and third base. The Giants hit a soft pop up in front of Smith and behind shortstop Amed Rosario...

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Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets lost, 2-1, to the Giants in extra innings at Citi Field last night. It was a long, painful game with understandable mistakes and a noteworthy performance on the mound...

Here are three talking points to chew on throughout the day...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and left fielder Dominic Smith collide and drop a fly ball for a run against the San Francisco Giants during the 13th inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and left fielder Dominic Smith collide and drop a fly ball for a run against the San Francisco Giants during the 13th inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets left fielder Dominic Smith collided with shortstop Amed Rosario on a pop-up that led to the game-winning run to score in the top of the 13th inning in Monday's 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field.

"It sucks, especially the way this year has been going," Smith said after the game.

With runners on the corners and two outs, Brandon Crawford popped a Tyler Bashlor fastball into shallow left field. As Rosario backpedaled, Smith came in and bumped into Rosario as the ball landed on the grass and allowed Andrew McCutchen to score the go-ahead run.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, San Francisco Giants
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New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell)  (Tami Chappell/AP)
New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell) (Tami Chappell/AP)

Mets OF/1B Dominic Smith was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, reports Review Journal's Betsy Helfand. 

According to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, the Mets have been hesitant to bring Smith back up as they wanted him to get more outfield reps. He has been primarily in left field since he was sent down. 

Smith has been down with the 51s since the end of July. In 78 games this season, he owns a .255/.330/.387 slash line with six homers and 38 RBI. 

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Callaway on Cespedes' health 00:00:32
Mets manager Mickey Callaway discusses the injury status of outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

The Mets will be "proactive" with Yoenis Cespedes, who was activated from the DL on Friday, and manager Mickey Callaway said to not be surprised if Cespedes is a late scratch from the lineup from time-to-time.

The reason, according to Callaway, is that Cespedes has a new pregame routine, and there might be certain days where the team doesn't think he's in the best spot to stay healthy throughout the game.

The Cespedes at first base experiment also might be on, with Callaway saying he could see some time there -- though he added Cespedes still has some work to do to get fully comfortable at the position...

Tags: Corey Oswalt, Dominic Smith, Yoenis Cespedes
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Do the Mets need to acquire a first baseman this winter? Or, do they have enough internal options to make the position work in 2019?

Justin Smoak, Matt Adams, Marwin Gonzalez, and Logan Morrison are expected to be the top first basemen available on the free agent market this winter. It's too early to know if anyone better will be available and more affordable in trade.

That said, the Mets have at least five internal options worth considering, though no one candidate is perfect given the team's need to improve its fielding and power at the plate...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hopes to resume running soon as he works his way back from the DL, manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday.

The Mets are in dire need of Cespedes, with Jay Bruce recently landing on the DL due to multiple injuries, and Juan Lagares out for the season. 

Brandon Nimmo has been incredible and Michael Conforto is heating up, but the other outfield position is being held together by a combination of Jose Bautista and Dominic Smith -- with Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes the only other outfield options.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) plays the ball off the wall as fans reach during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) plays the ball off the wall as fans reach during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Dominic Smith is making his first career start in the outfield on Tuesday night when he will play left field in the Mets' road matchup against Rockies at Coors FIeld.

Smith is shifting to the outfield in the absence of Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes, who are both on the disabled list. Bruce landed on the disabled list earlier in the day on Tuesday after playing in just one game since last Wednesday. 

Smith told reporters before Tuesday's game that he had a chance to work in the outfield at Coors Field on Monday and is excited about the opportunity.

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May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports  (Benny Sieu)
May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Jay Bruce, who has been battling multiple injuries and had played just once since last Wednesday, has been placed on the 10-day DL, with the Mets calling up reliever Tim Peterson to take his spot on the roster. 

On the heels of a three-strikeout game as he returned on Sunday from an upper butt/hip issue, the Mets had moved Bruce down to seventh in the lineup on Monday before scratching him due to hip soreness. He did not play on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday due to the issue. He has also been playing through plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and said Monday that it was still bothering him.

With Bruce now on the DL, the Mets are operating with a four-man bench, and their backup outfielders are Wilmer Flores and Dominic Smith. That could change soon, if Yoenis Cespedes returns from his hip issue...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (29-38) will conclude their series with the Diamondbacks (39-31) at Chase Field on Sunday at 4:10 p.m. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Steven Matz
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Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates with catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports  (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates with catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (28-38) will continue their series with the Diamondbacks (39-30) at Chase Field on Saturday at 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Steven Matz
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Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said a ton during his conference call on Tuesday. In case you missed it, here's what you need to know... 


The Mets are still considering whether to demote the struggling Michael Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas. >> READ MORE

Noah Syndergaard is getting a second opinion on his finger injury, though nothing new happened injury-wise. >> READ MORE

 

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Aug 27, 2017; Dominic Smith (22) at Nationals Park. Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2017; Dominic Smith (22) at Nationals Park. Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

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. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Scott Thompson
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A Gon is Bye Gon 00:01:22
On Daily News Live, the panel discusses the move by the Mets to release Adrian Gonzalez, and to see what they have in Dom Smith.

The beneficiary of the Mets releasing the struggling Adrian Gonzalez will be Dominic Smith, who will get the call from Triple-A Las Vegas before Tuesday's game against the Braves in Atlanta. 

That the Mets opted for the lefty-hitting Smith over the righty-hitting Peter Alonso (currently slugging .567 for Double-A Binghamton) isn't a surprise, but it should at least pave the way for Alonso to get promoted to Triple-A. But let's get back to Smith, who is hitting just .260/.343/.370 with two HR and 16 doubles in the hitters haven that is the Pacific Coast League.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterFinally. You all know I have been team Dominic Smith since last year. I was not a fan of the offseason move of getting Adrian Gonzalez for a plethora of reasons. I kind of warmed up to him when he hit that grand slam against the Nationals earlier this season, but this has been a long time coming. Smith is getting a second chance. And I am excited to see what he can do...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Danny Abriano
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Feb. 2018: Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso takes BP in St. Lucie. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog
Feb. 2018: Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso takes BP in St. Lucie. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog

If you have been holding your breath waiting for the Mets to call up 23-year-old first baseman Peter Alonso, you should probably stop.

The Mets have no plans to bring Alonso to the majors this season "no matter what," Mets radio announcer Howie Rose said on Sunday night, citing a "pretty strong source" within the organization. 

Adrian Gonzalez was released after Sunday night's win over the Yankees, with Dominic Smith on the way from Triple-A Las Vegas to join the team before Tuesday night's game in Atlanta...

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Dominic Smith, Danny Abriano
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