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Mets Planning to Sign Former Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez

Mets Planning to Sign Former Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez

While the New York Mets have glaring needs at second or third base, they pulled the trigger on veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, agreeing to a deal late Wednesday night, as first reported by USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Atlanta, in turn, quickly released him, making him a free agent.

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 was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Atlanta Braves earlier this offseason, but was released by his new team shortly thereafter.

At first glance, it's a puzzling move for Mets. He began the year as the team's primary first baseman, but was usurped by rookie sensation Cody Bellinger, who went on to win the league's Rookie of the Year Award. According to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, the club may have some lingering reservations about Smith, who sunk to sub-Mendoza Line levels of production in his debut last season and would likely benefit from another go-round in Triple-A Las Vegas. He is a career.288 batter with 311 home runs, including.242 with only three home runs in 2017. So basically, Gonzalez could be had on the free-agent market for an extremely low price. Duda was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays during the season, and Smith, 22, struggled offensively, batting just.198.

The Mets are adding some insurance at first base.

The #Mets now have made a decision to sign 1B Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical.

How do you follow up signing Jay Bruce at a bargain?

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

Sandy Alderson made it clear that the Mets were not overly impressed with Smith, who arrived in the major leagues out of shape last August, and that he was not guaranteed the starting first base job this spring.

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