Mets 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

The Mets are adding some insurance at first base.

According to numerous reports, Gonzalez agreed on Saturday night to a one-year contract with the Mets.

The Mets are bringing in big-name competition for first baseman Dominic Smith, a former first-round pick who is coming off a disappointing rookie season. When he returned from his injury, NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over at first base. 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.

Gonzalez will be a free agent after the upcoming season.

The Dodgers traded Gonzalez to the Atlanta Braves after the season in a package deal that saw Matt Kemp return to Los Angeles while providing the team with luxury tax relief.

Gonzalez hit just.242 with three home runs, 30 RBI, and a career-low.642 OPS.

With the Mets, he likely would not be called upon to be a pivotal player or even a regular. Smith hit.198/.262/.395 with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 49 games.

Now healthy, Gonzalez figures to compete in spring training with Smith for the starting first base job.

The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez hits a solo home run off Reds relief pitcher Jumbo Diaz on August 22, 2016, in Cincinnati. Gonzalez is in the final season of a seven-year, $154-million contract. The slow-developing free agent market is starting to work in their favor as they signed outfielder Jay Bruce to a three-year, $39 million deal on Wednesday.



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