Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Mets Sign Adrian Gonzalez

Mets Sign Adrian Gonzalez

It's the second significant move for NY this week.

Gonzalez gives the Mets a veteran presence at first base, where Lucas Duda and Dominic Smith mainly patrolled last season.

The Amazin's have agreed to terms with free agent Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical, a source confirmed to the Daily News. He didn't see action in the playoffs, and National League Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger spent much of the year playing first base while belting 39 homers.

Gonzalez played just 71 games in 2017, the first time he didn't play at least 156 games since 2005.

Los Angeles traded Gonzalez to the Braves on December 16 in a deal that brought back outfielder Matt Kemp for his second stint with the club.

The Mets won't need to break the bank for Gonzalez.

In those 71 games, Gonzalez batted.242/.287/.355 with three home runs and 30 RBIs. Gonzalez is still due nearly $17 million guaranteed in his previous contract from Atlanta and $4.5 million from Los Angeles, leaving him available to sign for the league minimum. He was not part of the team's seven-game World Series run.

After Smith struggled with a.198 batting average in 49 games with the big league club last season, though, the Mets were in the market for help at the corner.

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

Gonzalez, who will be 36 next season, would be a cheap stopgap who would not prevent Smith, one of the Mets' top prospects, from taking over at first base in the team's eyes.

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