The New York Mets are parting ways with a former first-round pick, who at one point was considered one of baseball’s top prospects.
According to MLB.com, Dominique Smith will be non-tendered by the Mets before Friday night’s non-tender deadline, making him a free agent.
All 30 MLB teams will have to decide if they will. Tender contracts to players eligible for arbitration by Friday at 8 p.m. ET. Smith was in his third season of arbitration and under control of the Mets through the 2024 season.
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Smith was the 11th pick of the 2013 MLB Draft and was quickly considered a top prospect in the league, playing in the 2016 MLB Futures Game.
Early in his MLB career, after being called up in 2017, he suffered from sleep deprivation and had significant weight issues. The emergence of Pete Alonso also pushed Smith, a natural first baseman, into left field.
After overcoming his personal struggles, he began to break out in 2019, hitting .278 with an .858 OPS, but suffered a stress fracture in his foot in July, which sidelined him for the rest of the season. Was deprived. He returned for one more at-bat in the final game of the season, a walk-off three-run homer.
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In the COVID-shortened 2020 season, he finished 13th in NL MVP voting, slashing .316/.377/.616.
But, in 2021, he took a huge step back, hitting just .244 with a .667 OPS in 145 games. In 58 games with the Mets in 2022, those numbers dropped to .194 and .560, respectively. After being injured in July, he never returned to the big league club after being optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.
Smith saw his playing time dwindle early in the season when he was nearly traded to the San Diego Padres. He said he would rather be playing anywhere else every day than being a bench player for the Mets.
In August, he said he believed his future with the team was bleak amid their struggles. He earned $3.95 million in 2022.
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The 27-year-old will be free to sign with any team. In 447 career games, he is a .246 hitter with a .733 OPS, hitting 46 home runs and driving in 179 runs.