Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Mets, Adrian Gonzalez agree to deal | What it means

Mets, Adrian Gonzalez agree to deal | What it means

The Mets are planning to sign former Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical, reports USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

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

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

Atlanta remains on the hook for virtually all of Gonzalez's guaranteed $21.5 million salary in 2018, with the Mets needing to pay only the minimum salary of $545,000.

The veteran first baseman will likely split time at first depending on how much Dominic Smith, a 2013 first-round pick who was a late-season call up in 2017, impresses the Mets. The injury ended Gonzalez's streak of playing in at least 150 games at 11 seasons.

Gonzalez missed most of last season due to a herniated back disk.

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After coming up with the Rangers, Gonzalez spent five years with the Padres, where he emerged as one of the league's premier first baseman.

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. He is a career.288 batter with 311 home runs, including.242 with only three home runs in 2017.

Gonzalez has slashed.288/.359/.488 over his 14 years in Major League Baseball, and he has a 311 career home runs (22.2 per season) and 1,176 RBIs (84 per season).

The Dodgers traded Gonzalez to the Atlanta Braves after the season in a package deal that saw Matt Kemp return to Los Angeles while providing the team with luxury tax relief.

He is a five-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove victor. Smith hit.198/.262/.395 with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 49 games.

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