New York Mets to sign Adrian Gonzalez

Aug 29 2017 Phoenix AZ USA Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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The New York Mets have reached a deal with veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pending a physical, according to multiple reports.

With Atlanta on the hook for his guaranteed $22 million salary in 2018, the Mets won't have to pay Gonzalez much of anything, as FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman notes.

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.

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A bargain pickup like Gonzalez fits in with the Mets' stated plan of opening this season under the $154 million payroll with which they began 2017.

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.

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Gonzalez played just 71 games in 2017, the first time he didn't play at least 156 games since 2005. When he returned from his injury, NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over at first base. He was sent to the Braves as part of a trade for Matt Kemp, and Atlanta quickly released the 35-year-old slugger and multiple Gold Glove victor.

For his career, Gonzalez has a.288/.359/.488 batting line with 311 home runs and 1,176 RBIs in 1,875 games.

He is a five-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove victor. He was also an All-Star three times as a member of the San Diego Padres and once with the Boston Red Sox.

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