Last year, Dominic Smith proved to be a valuable reserve, finally delivering on the promise that at one time had him ranked as the top first base prospect in the minors. Of course with the season Pete Alonso turned in, it looks like Smith’s future on the Mets is limited to being a reserve And that’s okay. Also last year, Smith showed himself to be a top step of the dugout type of guy, always cheering on his teammates, even when he was sidelined with an injury.
If possible, it seems like Smith has only upped his likability quotient during Grapefruit League play and here while the season is suspended. He allowed himself to be mic’ed up during Spring Training and provided some real laughs, unlike most people. Now, while no games are being played, he’s playing beer pong with Marcus Stroman and doing combo interviews with J.D. Davis. Unless he came to your house and volunteered to clean the gutters, it’s hard to imagine him doing anything more.
So, how much should the Mets value his contributions in the dugout and off the field? If anyone has intangibles – it would seem to be Smith. If a solid deal comes along — do you fail to pull the trigger because of a concern about how the team would handle Smith’s absence?