Mets sign first baseman Adrian Gonzalez

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

The Mets are adding some insurance at first base.

That plan might be moot, as the Mets agreed to a deal with free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on Saturday, multiple media outlets reported.

Gonzalez's role at Citi Field will likely to serve as backstop and mentor for Mets first baseman Dominic Smith, a first-round selection from the 2013 draft. 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.

Signing as a free agent for the first time in his 14-year career, Gonzalez is still owed almost $17 million in guaranteed money from his previous contract from Atlanta, and $4.5 million from the Dodgers. A bad back limited Gonzalez, 35, to just 71 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017, and he was unsurprisingly left off the team's postseason roster.


Gonzalez became a free agent after he was traded from the Dodgers to the Braves in a salary-dumping deal then released by the latter club. Smith batted.198 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 49 games down the stretch for NY in 2017. He is a career.288 batter with 311 home runs, including.242 with only three home runs in 2017.

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.

Gonzalez likely won't be the opening day starter in NY, as the Mets recently signed Lucas Duda to a three-year, $39 million deal.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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