1B Gonzalez reportedly agrees to deal with Mets

1B Gonzalez reportedly agrees to deal with Mets

1B Gonzalez reportedly agrees to deal with Mets

He was released by Atlanta shortly after the trade, however, and has reportedly been engaged in discussions with the Mets since he entered free agency.

The Mets and Adrian Gonzalez have agreed to a one-year deal, under which NY will pay just $545,000 of the first baseman's $22.36 million salary next season, according to multiple reports.

After polishing off a six-year track with the Dodgers in 2017, Gonzalez was dealt to the Braves during a five-player swap in December.

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. When he returned, National League Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over for the NL champion Dodgers.

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Sep 27 2017 New York City NY USA Mandatory Credit Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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. Two days later, Gonzalez was released by the Braves and became a free agent. He hit.242 with a.287 on-base percentage, a.355 slugging percentage, three homers and 30 RBIs. He was also an All-Star three times as a member of the San Diego Padres and once with the Boston Red Sox.

At the end of the day, this is a five-time All-Star who finished in the top 20 of MVP voting eight times.

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. Playing 49 games, the left-handed-hitting Smith batted.198 with nine homers, 26 RBIs and 49 strikeouts in 167 at-bats.

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