1B Gonzalez reportedly agrees to deal with Mets

1B Gonzalez reportedly agrees to deal with Mets

In their quest to bring in new faces to the organization while still being as cheap as possible, the Mets have signed first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. When he returned from his injury, NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over at first base.

A five-time All-Star best known for his time with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, the 35-year-old played in just 71 games for the Dodgers last season and missed their postseason run due to back problems.

Signing as a free agent for the first time in his 14-year career, Gonzalez is still owed almost $17 million in guaranteed money from his previous contract from Atlanta, and $4.5 million from the Dodgers.

Gonzalez likely won't be the opening day starter in NY, as the Mets recently signed Lucas Duda to a three-year, $39 million deal.


A bargain pickup like Gonzalez fits in with the Mets' stated plan of opening this season under the $154 million payroll with which they began 2017.

He was traded from Los Angeles to Atlanta as part of a five-player deal in December and released two days later.

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

Gonzalez spent six seasons as member of the Dodgers, named to the All-Star team once while also winning a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger during his time there. He hit just.242 with three homers.

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