Mets Planning to Sign Former Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez

Mets Planning to Sign Former Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez

In their effort to add depth, experience and insurance, the Mets have reached an agreement to sign veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pending a physical, an industry source said Saturday night.

On Dec. 16, Gonzalez was traded by the Dodger to the Braves in a five-player deal that helped the Dodgers work toward getting under the 2018 luxury tax threshold.

In New York, Gonzalez's likeliest competition for playing time at first base is Dominic Smith, who struggled as a rookie in 2017.

When the New York Mets signed free agent Jay Bruce on Wednesday, there was talk that the veteran outfielder might see some action at first base.

Gonzalez, 35, is owed $21.5 million in the final year of his contract. When he returned from his injury, NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over at first base. So basically, Gonzalez could be had on the free-agent market for an extremely low price.

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. He was released by Atlanta shortly after the trade, however, and has reportedly been engaged in discussions with the Mets since he entered free agency. Terms of the deal have yet to be publicized, but the club is only on the hook for the league minimum in 2018 as the bulk of Gonzalez's salary will still be paid by the Braves. It was the fewest games of playing time he saw since 2005, when he was a member of the Texas Rangers. He hit just.242 with three homers. In 49 games, the 22-year-old Smith batted just.198 with nine home runs and 26 RBI. A four-time Gold Glove Award-winner, his defense also suffered, as he posted a minus-5.6 UZR/150 and minus-two DRS.

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