Smith On Trade Speculation: 'I Love New York' But 'Baseball Is A Business'

Maggie Gray & Bart Scott
June 14, 2019 - 3:55 pm
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It's been an interesting few years for Dominic Smith.

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It wasn't too long ago that Smith was considered the top first base prospect in all of baseball. 

However, after a rough start to his MLB career, the 23-year-old's stock was at an all-time low heading into the 2019 season. On top of that, Smith had to deal with the noise stemming from the epic rise of Pete Alonso within the organization.

Despite all of this, Smith has enjoyed a strong 2019 campaign. In 82 at-bats, Smith is hitting .354/.442/.573 with four home runs and 10 RBIs while splitting his time between first base and left field.

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Due to the presence of Alonso at first, along with the franchise's crowded outfield of Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil, many have questioned whether or not Smith has a place in the Mets' long-term plans.

Smith joined "Carlin, Maggie & Bart" Friday to talk about the team's season, and among other topics, was asked about his future with the Mets.

"It's something that you kind of think about," Smith said about wondering what his role is with the franchise moving forward. "You talk in-house with your agents and people like that, and you kind of have an idea. Pete is definitely having a great year. He's very impactful to this team and this city. This team is great. We have a great, young core of guys who are really good.

"Right now, I'm just trying to be the best player I can be and come to this field every day and help my team win ball games. Whether it be me coming off the bench and getting a big hit, me coming in late in the game and making a great defensively play at first, or staying in left field and doing my job. It doesn't really matter to me, as long as I'm able to help contribute and help this team win ball games. That's all I care about."

Earlier this season, the Mets sent Smith down to Triple-A despite his strong performance at the plate, a move that he said at the time shocked him.

With him showing vast improvements at the plate this year, many expect teams around the league to target Smith in a trade due to the Mets not having a true place for him on the field.

While he would love to stay with the team that drafted him, the 23-year-old understands that he could get traded at any moment, and wouldn't be taken aback by such a move.

Mets first baseman Dominic Smith
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"Baseball is a business," Smith said. "I grew up getting drafted by the Mets, and this is all I know. This is my home. I love New York. I love the fan base. I love the city. I love the front office. I love everything about New York. At the end of the day, you see all the time around the league that nobody's safe. Period. It's how it is, I guess. Nobody's safe. For the right price, anybody could get traded. It's just something, as I said, that I can't really worry about...

"Whatever happens, happens. But as of right now, I play for the New York Mets, and I love being here and I love helping this team win." 

To listen to CMB's full interview with Dominic Smith, click on the audio player above.