Mets bringing on Adrian Gonzalez, sources say

Hope Soto
January 15, 2018

At first glance, it's a puzzling move for Mets.

The Amazin's have agreed to terms with free agent Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical, a source confirmed to the Daily News. Gonzalez was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Atlanta Braves earlier this offseason, but was released by his new team shortly thereafter. Smith batted.198 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 49 games down the stretch for NY in 2017. When he returned, National League Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over for the NL champion Dodgers.

Those numbers warranted some sizeable contracts as the Red Sox signed Gonzalez to a seven-year, $154 million deal prior to the 2011 season.

Gonzalez is owed more than $21 million next season, but the Mets would be responsible for just $545,000 if he makes the team.

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Gonzalez spent the past six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers but was limited to only 71 games in 2017 because of a herniated disk in his back that put him on the disabled list for a long stretch.

Gonzalez is a five-time All-Star, hitting.288 with 311 career home runs. It was the fewest games of playing time he saw since 2005, when he was a member of the Texas Rangers. The Braves, who were expected to and did in fact release Gonzalez, would take on the nearly $17 million owed to him in 2018.

At the end of the day, this is a five-time All-Star who finished in the top 20 of MVP voting eight times.

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. Playing 49 games, the left-handed-hitting Smith batted.198 with nine homers, 26 RBIs and 49 strikeouts in 167 at-bats.

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