Mets, Adrian Gonzalez agree to deal | What it means
Mets, Adrian Gonzalez agree to deal | What it means
The Mets have reportedly agreed to a deal with Adrian Gonzalez. More
14 January, 2018, 19:27
There was a time where Gonzalez was one of the most imposing left-handed hitters in the game. Gonzalez is still due nearly $17 million guaranteed in his previous contract from Atlanta and $4.5 million from Los Angeles, leaving him available to sign for the league minimum.
On Dec. 16, Gonzalez was traded by the Dodger to the Braves in a five-player deal that helped the Dodgers work toward getting under the 2018 luxury tax threshold.
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. So basically, Gonzalez could be had on the free-agent market for an extremely low price.
A five-time All-Star, Gonzalez, 35, compiled a.242/.287/.355 slash line last season and was limited to 71 games due to back injuries with the National League champion Dodgers.
This is where the Mets came in.
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.
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The Mets are looking to give Smith - who hit just.198 with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 49 major-league games last season - a chance to develop a little more.
Now healthy, Gonzalez figures to compete in spring training with Smith for the starting first base job.
The #Mets now have made a decision to sign 1B Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical. The Mets are expected to officially confirm the deal pending the completion of a physical.
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We haven't got enough points on the board over the last five or six games and yet the performances have been similar. He's sat tight on an offer so we'll keep open minds, as will he I hope, to what comes next.
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