Smith (not injury related) arrived at spring training Wednesday, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports. Smith's arrival at camp was slightly delayed due to a non-physical issue, but he'll join the team for workouts Wednesday. Even after his brief absence, Smith should have plenty of time to prepare for the regular season.
Smith missed the Mets' first day of full-squad workouts but is not dealing with any injury, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Several players around the league have faced slight delays while going through intake testing, though the Mets didn't confirm exactly why Smith wasn't available. Manager Luis Rojas said Monday that Smith should arrive by the end of the week, which should give him plenty of time to prepare for the upcoming season.
Smith signed a one-year, $2.55 million deal with the Mets on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. The 25-year-old was arguably the Mets' best bat in 2020 with a .316/.377/.616 slash line, 10 homers, 21 doubles and 42 RBI in 199 plate appearances, and he's now officially under contract for 2021. Smith's major-league outlook was a question mark not too long ago, but he has a .937 OPS in 139 games over the past two seasons and enters spring training in position to begin the season in a starting role.
Smith is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals. Though Smith will finish the season with back-to-back benchings, the 2020 campaign was an unequivocal success for the 25-year-old. Unless he enters the contest as a pinch hitter, Smith will wrap up the season with a .316/.377/.616 slash line to go with 10 home runs and 42 RBI over 199 plate appearances.
Smith went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to the Rays. Smith blasted his homer to right field off Rays starter Tyler Glasnow in the fourth inning. The 25-year-old Smith is up to 10 homers, 42 RBI, 27 runs scored and a .314/.377/.615 slash line in 48 contests. He hit 11 homers in 89 games last season -- Smith has enjoyed a power surge in the abbreviated 2020 campaign.