Adrian Gonzalez has agreed to a deal with the New York Mets pending a physical, according to ESPN and other multiple reports. The injury ended Gonzalez's streak of playing in at least 150 games at 11 seasons.
With the Mets, he likely would not be called upon to be a pivotal player or even a regular. He was then traded to the Red Sox and spent two years in Boston before he was traded to Los Angeles in 2012. Terms of the deal have yet to be publicized, but the club is only on the hook for the league minimum in 2018 as the bulk of Gonzalez's salary will still be paid by the Braves.
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A five-time All-Star best known for his time with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, the 35-year-old played in just 71 games for the Dodgers last season and missed their postseason run due to back problems. 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 is in the final season of a seven-year, $154-million contract.
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.