Mets bringing on Adrian Gonzalez, sources say

Ross Houston
January 14, 2018

The Mets and Adrian Gonzalez have agreed to a one-year deal, under which NY will pay just $545,000 of the first baseman's $22.36 million salary next season, according to multiple reports.

The Mets won't need to break the bank for Gonzalez. He hadn't experienced a stretch that poor since his first two Major League Baseball seasons when he came up as a member of the Texas Rangers. The team brought back free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce on a three-year, $39 million contract Wednesday. Gonzalez is still due nearly $17 million guaranteed in his previous contract from Atlanta and $4.5 million from Los Angeles, leaving him available to sign for the league minimum.

The Dodgers traded Gonzalez to Atlanta last month as part of an effort to get under the luxury-tax threshold.

Known for his durability over the course of his 14-year major league career, Gonzalez was limited to just 71 games last season as a member of the Dodgers.

Gonzalez will be a free agent after the upcoming season.

The veteran first baseman will likely split time at first depending on how much Dominic Smith, a 2013 first-round pick who was a late-season call up in 2017, impresses the Mets. In 49 games, the 22-year-old Smith batted just.198 with nine home runs and 26 RBI.

Gonzalez, whose better days are certainly behind him is the epitome of a low risk, high reward signing.

Terms of the deal with the Mets have not been reported.

If Smith keeps his starting job in 2018, he'll have to beat out Adrian Gonzalez, a five-time All-Star who figures to be hungry to rebound from an injury-plagued campaign.

The 35-year-old first baseman is coming off of a down year, during which he struggled to remain healthy and produced a meager.242/.287/.355 batting line with three home runs in 252 plate appearances.

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