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MLB free agency: Mets sign Adrian Gonzalez

MLB free agency: Mets sign Adrian Gonzalez

New York adds five-time All-Star to provide 1B depth.

The Mets have decided to sign free-agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The deal is pending a physical.

Nightengale first reported that the two parties were in serious talks. Gonzalez’s contract details were not disclosed.

Gonzalez had been a free agent for almost a month after he was released by the Braves, who had acquired him in a huge swap with the Dodgers. Though he was let go, Gonzalez is still going to earn $21.5 million this season, with the Braves paying $17 million and Dodgers paying $4.5 million. This is good news for the Mets, as it is likely they will sign him for the major-league minimum of $545,000 so they do not have to take a big hit to their payroll.

The 35-year-old Gonzalez is coming off the worst season of his big-league career, as he slashed .242/.287/.355 with three home runs and 30 RBI in just 252 plate appearances in his fifth season with the Dodgers. He spent two stints on the disabled list — the first for elbow stiffness, the second for lower-back discomfort — and lost his starting job to rookie Cody Bellinger, an eventual All-Star and Rookie of the Year. Gonzalez was left off the 25-man roster for the entirety of the postseason as the Dodgers advanced to the World Series.

Gonzalez is a career .288 hitter with 311 homers and 1,176 RBI in 14 seasons. He is also a five-time All-Star, a four-time Gold Glove winner and a two-time Silver Slugger winner. By signing him, the Mets can use him as an insurance policy to Dominic Smith, a 22-year-old who played 49 games for New York last season after being called up to majors in August.