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. He played for the Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and the Boston Red Sox before joining the Dodgers in midseason in 2012.
While Gonzalez is guaranteed the $22.36 million remaining on his contract paid by the Braves, any team signing him as a free agent would only be required to pay him the major-league minimum of $545,000, similar to the deal the Mets made with Jose Reyes in 2016 after he was released by the Rockies.
Gonzalez is a five-time All-Star with 311 career home runs who was limited to just 71 games with the Dodgers last season because of back problems.
The Mets are bringing in big-name competition for first baseman Dominic Smith, a former first-round pick who is coming off a disappointing rookie season. He has yet to prove reliable against Major League Baseball pitching, posting a.198 average with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 167 at-bats last season.
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The #Mets now have chose to sign 1B Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical.
Terms of the deal with the Mets have not been reported.
Should he return to full health and is put in a lower spot in the lineup where he is supported by Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto (upon his return from a dislocated shoulder), Gonzalez could still be more than serviceable for the Mets.
He is a five-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove victor.
The Mets are adding some insurance at first base.