Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

New York Mets to sign Adrian Gonzalez

New York Mets to sign Adrian Gonzalez

That plan might be moot, as the Mets agreed to a deal with free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on Saturday, multiple media outlets reported. Atlanta, in turn, quickly released him, making him a free agent. 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. Bob Nightengale of USA Today was first to report. According to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, the club may have some lingering reservations about Smith, who sunk to sub-Mendoza Line levels of production in his debut last season and would likely benefit from another go-round in Triple-A Las Vegas. It was the fewest games of playing time he saw since 2005, when he was a member of the Texas Rangers. In those 71 games he batted.242 with three home runs and 30 RBIs. He was also an All-Star three times as a member of the San Diego Padres and once with the Boston Red Sox.

The Mets are bringing in big-name competition for first baseman Dominic Smith, a former first-round pick who is coming off a disappointing rookie season. The injury ended Gonzalez's streak of playing in at least 150 games at 11 seasons.

The Mets are looking to give Smith - who hit just.198 with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 49 major-league games last season - a chance to develop a little more.

The #Mets now have made a decision to sign 1B Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical.

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He is a five-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove victor.

How do you follow up signing Jay Bruce at a bargain?

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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