Nationals Bring In Former Top Mets Prospect

He was the No. 2 prospect of the New York Mets when he was called up in 2017. But his star has faded in the past couple of years. Now first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith has agreed to terms with the Washinton Nationals for 2023. 

It's a one-year deal for Smith for $2M, and he has a chance to earn another $2M in appearance bonuses, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Smith hit his apex in Queens during the shortened 2020 season, when he batted .316 with a .993 OPS, splitting time between first base and the outfield. He blasted 10 HR with 42 RBIs in just 50 games. But he struggled in 2021, batting just .244 with a .667 OPS, and hitting just 11 HR in 145 games. 

Smith slipped even further in 2022, managing to hit just .194 with no home runs in 134 at-bats, and the Mets non-tendered him after the season, making him a free agent.

With the Nationals, the 27 year old will try to recapture that hitting stroke that once made him an elite prospect. The Nats have an opening at first base after non-tendering Luke Voit. 

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