Smith signed a minor-league deal with the Mets on Wednesday, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports. The 27-year-old was traded from the Rays to the Mariners ahead of the 2019 season, but he struggled after being sent west with a .612 OPS in 148 games before getting removed from the 40-man roster in September. Smith had a .773 OPS and 40 stolen bases in 2018 with Tampa Bay, and the Mets will take a low-risk flier in the event he's able to rediscover that form.
Smith elected free agency Thursday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports. The speedy outfielder struggled this season, slashing .133/.170/.178 before being sent to Seattle's alternate training site Sept. 11. He has decided to become a free agent and could very well draw interest from teams who are looking to add to their outfield depth this winter.
Smith cleared waivers and was outrighted to the alternate training site Friday. The 27-year-old was demoted to the alternate training site in mid-August, and he's now also been removed from Seattle's 40-man roster. Smith had a .133/.170/.178 slash line with two stolen bases in 47 plate appearances this season.
Smith was optioned to the Mariners' alternate training site Tuesday. Smith has been an interesting fantasy option for a few seasons thanks to his considerable speed, as he stole 86 bases across the last two seasons, but questions remain about his ability to hit well enough to remain in the lineup on a regular basis. He's answered those questions firmly in the negative so far this year, hitting a miserable .133/.170/.178 through 14 games. If he eventually returns to the roster later this season, he may not play enough to have much fantasy relevance.
Smith is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros. Now on the bench for the fifth time in seven games, Smith seems to have at least temporarily lost out on a regular spot in the lineup versus right-handed pitching. While Smith has gone 2-for-2 on stolen-base attempts, his performance at the plate has been even rougher than usual, as he enters play Sunday with a .133/.170/.178 slash line and 27.7 percent strikeout rate over 47 plate appearances. Expect Tim Lopes to continue receiving more work in the corner outfield at Smith's expense.