Mets infield prospect Dominic Smith didn’t get a ringing endorsement from Sandy Alderson at the recently concluded Major League Baseball general manager meetings in Orlando, when Alderson said the 22-year-old Compton, Calif. product struggled with weight issues and “didn’t win” the first base job after being called up in August.
Alderson may already be working the phone lines to acquire a veteran to play the corner infield position, after ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Monday that Adam Lind is a player the Mets will “consider” this offseason. The Daily News has learned, however, that Lind is one of a long list of players that the Mets are discussing to potentially play first base.
Lind played on the NL East champion Nationals this past season, but Washington declined to pick up his second-year option. The 34-year-old played in 116 games in 2017, and batted .303 with 14 homers and 59 RBI. During the postseason — Lind’s first trip to the playoffs in his 12-year career — the lefty-swinging slugger played in just three games and batted .667, but only had three at-bats against the Cubs in the division series, which the Nationals lost in five games.
Smith, whom Alderson extolled during spring training earlier this year, played in 49 games but batted a paltry .198 with nine homers, 26 RBI and 49 strikeouts in 167 at-bats. Alderson said Smith didn’t maintain a good conditioning regimen throughout the ’17 campaign after the GM acknowledged that Smith reported to spring training “in excellent shape.”
Adam Lind spends last season with the Nats, and now the Mets are reportedly interested in him.
“As happens with any long season, fitness dissipates and (Smith) has put on some weight,” Alderson said during the GM meetings. “He played a lot of games, this was not just his first September in the big leagues, but in the Pacific Coast League him and (Amed) Rosario were among the leaders in games played. There were some positive things, he hit for more power than anybody expected, that was under the radar.” Alderson said Smith would have to win his first base job when the Mets begin spring training in February.
Lind spent the first nine years of his big league career with the Blue Jays, before playing one season each with Milwaukee, Seattle and the Nationals.