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New York Mets to sign Adrian Gonzalez

14 January 2018

The injury ended Gonzalez's streak of playing in at least 150 games at 11 seasons.

Those numbers warranted some sizeable contracts as the Red Sox signed Gonzalez to a seven-year, $154 million deal prior to the 2011 season.

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.

The 35-year-old first baseman is coming off of a down year, during which he struggled to remain healthy and produced a meager.242/.287/.355 batting line with three home runs in 252 plate appearances.

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Los Angeles traded Gonzalez to the Atlanta Braves last month as part of the Matt Kemp deal.

Known for his durability over the course of his 14-year major league career, Gonzalez was limited to just 71 games last season as a member of the Dodgers.

This is where the Mets came in.

Gonzalez gives the Mets a veteran presence at first base, where Lucas Duda and Dominic Smith mainly patrolled last season.

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Gonzalez, who will be 36 next season, would be a cheap stopgap who would not prevent Smith, one of the Mets' top prospects, from taking over at first base in the team's eyes. Smith batted.198 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 49 games down the stretch for NY in 2017.

USA Today first reported the agreement between Gonzalez and the Mets.

He is a five-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove victor.

Should he return to full health and is put in a lower spot in the lineup where he is supported by Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto (upon his return from a dislocated shoulder), Gonzalez could still be more than serviceable for the Mets.

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The Mets are adding some insurance at first base.

New York Mets to sign Adrian Gonzalez