After spending the offseason hyping up their new approach to keeping players healthy, the Mets have another injury issue very early in spring training, as first baseman Dominic Smith is set to undergo an MRI for a strained right quad. Smith came into spring training having lost a noticeable amount of weight, something the team had publicly criticized him for not doing in the past, and would, if healthy, have a shot at the Opening Day gig at first base.
That would presumably take a very bad spring training from Adrian Gonzalez, who the Mets picked up in large part because he was available for merely the league minimum this year after being released by the Braves. As for Smith, he didn’t fare too well in his first stint in the big leagues last year, with a .198/.262/.395 line, nine home runs, and a 73 wRC+. Gonzalez had a bad year, too, which was shortened by back issues and saw him finish with a 69 wRC+.
Now might be as good a time as any for the Mets to check in on Lucas Duda, who is among a fairly long list of players still available in free agency.