Adrian Gonzalez is reportedly returning to the East Coast to continue his Major League Baseball career - the New York Mets and the first baseman, according to multiple reports, agreed on terms on a contract, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports.
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.More news: Trump tweets about DACA amid controversy over vulgarity
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He was traded from Los Angeles to Atlanta as part of a five-player deal in December and released two days later. He hit.242 with a.287 on-base percentage, a.355 slugging percentage, three homers and 30 RBIs.
Gonzalez spent six seasons as member of the Dodgers, named to the All-Star team once while also winning a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger during his time there. Gonzalez can afford to take less money for a better situation since he's still being paid $22.357 million by the Braves for 2018. He played for the Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and the Boston Red Sox before joining the Dodgers in midseason in 2012.
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. Playing 49 games, the left-handed-hitting Smith batted.198 with nine homers, 26 RBIs and 49 strikeouts in 167 at-bats.