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Mets Sign Adrian Gonzalez

14 January 2018

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 the New York Mets signed free agent Jay Bruce on Wednesday, there was talk that the veteran outfielder might see some action at first base.

The Mets have first baseman Dominic Smith already on the roster, who would presumably be the team's starter on Opening Day should they choose not to make a move in free agency.

Gonzalez spent the past six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers but was limited to only 71 games in 2017 because of a herniated disk in his back that put him on the disabled list for a long stretch. The injury ended Gonzalez's streak of playing in at least 150 games at 11 seasons.

Los Angeles traded Gonzalez to the Atlanta Braves last month as part of the Matt Kemp deal.

For his career, Gonzalez has a.288/.359/.488 batting line with 311 home runs and 1,176 RBIs in 1,875 games. Gonzalez can afford to take less money for a better situation since he's still being paid $22.357 million by the Braves for 2018. He played for the Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and the Boston Red Sox before joining the Dodgers in midseason in 2012.

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. Smith batted.198 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 49 games down the stretch for NY in 2017.

Mets Sign Adrian Gonzalez