Mets demote Smith to Triple-A after slow start

by Daryn Albert - The Mets have optioned first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith to Triple-A Syracuse amid a slow start to the season for the 26-year-old.

Mets demote Smith to Triple-A after slow start

New York Mets demote Dominic Smith to Triple-A amid 2022 struggles 3:27 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK -- The Mets have optioned first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith to Triple-A Syracuse amid a slow start to the season for the 26-year-old. The Mets announced Smith's demotion Tuesday and promoted right-hander Adonis Medina before a game against the Washington Nationals . Smith batted .316 during a breakout season in 2020, but the former first-round pick has struggled to replicate that success. He is hitting .186 this season without a home run in 101 plate appearances and with a .543 OPS. He has played parts of six seasons in the majors and hasn't played regularly at Triple-A since 2018. Sending down Smith allows the Mets to keep outfielder Nick Plummer on the roster. Plummer, a 25-year-old former first-round pick with five big league games, had four RBIs in a 13-5 win over Washington on Monday and hit a tying homer in the ninth inning of a 5-4, 10-inning win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday for his first major league hit. Plummer is a better outfield defender than Smith, making him a useful late-game option for manager Buck Showalter.