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Smith hit .284 with 15 homeruns and 59 RBIs over 476 at-bats in 2011. Niese made 26 starts for the Mets and went 11-11 with a 4.40 ERA, striking out 138 guys while walking 44 over 157.1 innings.
Smith has been a very consistent player over the last few years with 15 homeruns, 50 RBIs, and low strikeout numbers. However, he is slugging .140 points higher at Coors for his career. Not the kind of number you want to see when you are trading for a player.
I also see not fit for him. He is a better fielder than Lucas Duda (that's not saying much), but I think Duda will show a significantly better bat if he gets a full year to start and Jason Bay isn't going anywhere with that contract.
I haven't even mentioned yet that the Mets would be dealing a young, controllable pitcher who still has a chance to improve—which I think he will. For a team that is clearly trying to get younger and rebuild even if the General Manager refuses to say it this just makes no sense.
I hope it is just one of those stories thrown other there without substance because I don't see how this is beneficial. Trading Niese for Travis D'Arnaud makes a whole lot of sense for the Mets. For Seth Smith? None at all unless there is a pretty damn good prospect coming over with Smith.
If this deal does happen it will just prove what makes the Mets, "the Mets".