Mets’ up-and-down history with homegrown talent includes 2022 questions

What do the Mets have in Jeff McNeil and Dom Smith?

As Billy Eppler assembles his first Mets crew, it stays a central thriller. 

Should you have been making a crew of gamers who signed their first professional contract with the Mets, you’d be asking that very same query. Had you gone by way of that train after the shortened 2020 season, for instance, you’d view a lineup that had McNeil, Smith and Michael Conforto as being loaded with lefty impression.

However a part of the Mets’ total disappointment final 12 months was that Conforto, McNeil and Smith went from a mixed .918 OPS in 2020 to a .692 OPS in 2021. It’s central to why the Mets haven’t pushed onerous to re-sign Conforto in free company and why they’re considering whether or not to maintain or commerce McNeil and/or Smith — and, if the reply is hold them, in what roles?


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