Robinson Cano Trade May Cost Mets Dominic Smith

The emergence of Pete Alonso could have created a Dominic Smith problem for the Mets. After all, Smith and Alonso play the same position. With Alonso hitting 53 homers and winning the Rookie of the Year award, it’s clear the Mets view Alonso as not just part, but really, the core of this team.

While Smith is no longer going to get a chance to be the Mets first baseman of the current and future, he proved himself to be a very useful Major League player. In 89 games, he hit .282/.355/.525 with 10 doubles, 11 homers, and 25 RBI. He proved himself to be a good defensive baseman, and he showed he is quite capable of playing left field for some stretches.

He would also prove his mettle as a bench player. In 37 pinch hitting appearances, he hit .286/.459/.571 with two doubles, two homers, and six RBI. In the 34 games he entered as a substitute, he hit .318/.434/.568 with two doubles, three homers, and 12 RBI.

All told, Smith proved capable of doing something very difficult. He proved he could be a productive Major League bench player. Through the years, we have seen that’s easier said than done. More than that, he proved he is a Major League caliber player, and at 24 years of age, he’s showing he is still a very promising player.

There are plenty of Major League teams who could use a young first baseman. To that end, a Mets team who needs a fifth starter, bullpen help, a center fielder, and depth should really consider moving Smith to fill one or more of those needs. What the Mets should not be looking to do is just dumping Smith to do that.

However, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic the Mets are doing just that. Specifically, Rosenthal says the Mets are looking to use a player like Smith to entice teams to take on a bad contract like Jed Lowrie or Jeurys Familia.

This is because the Mets are going to refuse to exceed the luxury tax threshold despite receiving insurance proceeds from the David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes contracts. They are going to do that despite $12 million of Jacob deGrom‘s $25 million salary. That’s literally tens of millions of dollars the Mets are pocketing, and yet they are not going to be willing to take that next step.

This once again emphasizes the Wilpons mismanagement of team resources, and it highlights just how bad the Robinson Cano trade was for the Mets.

The 37 year old Cano is due $24 million in 2020 and in each of the ensuing three years. When you take out the $3.75 million covered by the Seattle Mariners, the Mets are paying Cano $20.25 million. That is essentially the money the Mets are paying to Familia and Lowrie combined.

Really, when you take the trio combined, that is $41.92 million in money the Mets are begging to get out from under. The Mets got almost literally nothing out of Lowrie. In terms of WAR, they got less than that from Familia. That leaves Cano and his injury prone season as the best of the group. That’s good because he and his 0.3 WAR is making more money than Lowrie and Familia combined.

The Cano trade has so far meant the Mets do not get to see Jarred Kelenic play in Queens. It has meant the Mets will not be able to just replace Zack Wheeler in the rotation with Justin Dunn while using their money to fill other needs. One of those needs is now the fifth starter spot, and right now, Wheeler is not going to be a part of that equation.

As if that all wasn’t bad enough, it could also mean the Mets are just going to give Smith away.

The short term ramifications of the Cano trade were quite bad with Cano having a subpar injury plagued year and Edwin Diaz having one of the worst seasons a Mets closer has ever had. The fact that this won’t be the nadir of the trade speaks to just how disastrous that trade actually was and will continue to be.

0 thoughts on “Robinson Cano Trade May Cost Mets Dominic Smith”

  1. oldbackstop says:

    Yes, we all hate the Cano trade right now. It doesn’t mean Cano couldn’t have a few plus years and Diaz can’t become dominant again and that kid we sent them can’t crash, as many young blue chip studs do.

    Alonso is going to be sat very rarely. Dom is not a MLB starting LFer. A bench piece would also have to bring positional flexibility or, at least, some pinch running speed.

    If not for Alonso I would be happy with Dom getting a shot at starting at first. Of course…he did get that shot, and was terrible.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      1. I hated the Trade when it happened.

      2. Dom proved a valuable bench piece which should not be taken lightly.

      3. Dom had an illness not properly diagnosed or treated b

  2. oldbackstop says:

    Okay….but he is a debacle in left – remember the 2 + 1 error game? And it is certainly better to have a bench player with speed and multi-positions. When Dom pinch hits late in a close game, do you put him in left? Take out Alonso?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      One bad game is one bad game, and Don’s ability to play left allows you to put him out there if needed.

  3. Kingman76 says:

    The Cano trade was an absolute disaster, so was the Stroman heist. It’s all part of the same problem, the Wilpons have not a clue want there are doing. They are completely corrupted and inept!! Unfortunately I am a Mets fan.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I think you’re right. The Wilpons are the root cause of the problems.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        No way the Wilpons were the ones to demand taking on Cano’s contract.

        You can keep saying Dom is a serviceable left fielder….but he is not, and doesn’t look like he will every be. Both McNeil and JD are actual real athletes that can actually play other positions. You can’t put Dom in a late and close game and sit Alonso. You can’t put him in a late and close game and put his glove in left.

        It was very cute he tried it. But anyone taking him on is going to have to remember that this young guy has twice ballooned up to 260, and couldn’t cover anything but a toilet seat.

        A Mets bench player has to look like a junior McNeil.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Again, you confuse Dom and JD

          1. Oldbackstop says:

            There is no confusing Dom and JD. JD had higher slashes across the board with twice the plate appearances in 2019. In left field in 2019 JD had a .980 fielding percentage compared to Dom’s .940.

            JD career: .275 .338 .468 .805
            Dom career: .236 .295 .450 .745

            JD positive career WAR, Dom negative career WAR

            No confusion here

          2. metsdaddy says:

            Yet, you somehow confuse them

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