Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Mets bringing on Adrian Gonzalez, sources say

Mets bringing on Adrian Gonzalez, sources say

Gonzalez has slashed.288/.359/.488 over his 14 years in Major League Baseball, and he has a 311 career home runs (22.2 per season) and 1,176 RBIs (84 per season).

He could still very well be the future of the team at first, but could need more time in triple-A to hone his game, leaving the Mets to search for a short-term option at the position.

According to numerous reports, Gonzalez agreed on Saturday night to a one-year contract with the Mets. He began the year as the team's primary first baseman, but was usurped by rookie sensation Cody Bellinger, who went on to win the league's Rookie of the Year Award.

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At first glance, it's a puzzling move for Mets. Last month, the 35-year-old veteran was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to Atlanta as part of a multi-player deal, and the Braves promptly released him.

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. The injury ended Gonzalez's streak of playing in at least 150 games at 11 seasons. Smith hit.198/.262/.395 with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 49 games.

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

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Gonzalez is a career.288 hitter with 311 homers, but he spent half of last season on the disabled list and batted just.242 for the Dodgers with three homers and 30 homers in 71 games.

If he struggles, then his salary is easily releasable and the Mets would have to deal with a platoon of Smith, Wilmer Flores and even Bruce at first base for the rest of the season.

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