Monday, 23 April, 2018

New York Mets to sign Adrian Gonzalez

Aug 29 2017 Phoenix AZ USA Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Rita Gibson | 14 January, 2018, 19:25

He was traded from Los Angeles to Atlanta as part of a five-player deal in December and released two days later. It was the fewest games of playing time he saw since 2005, when he was a member of the Texas Rangers.

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.

He has been a star and pivotal part of teams through much of his 14-year career but was limited by injury to 71 games last season and was not part of the Dodgers' run to Game 7 of the World Series. 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. Rather, he would be available to replace or at least tutor Dominic Smith, whose first partial season with the Mets did not convince the club he is ready to be the everyday first baseman.

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. 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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USA Today first reported the agreement between Gonzalez and the Mets.

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 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.

The Mets are adding some insurance at first base.

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