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. 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.
Gonzalez spent the past six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers but was limited to 71 games in 2017 because of a herniated disk in his back that put him on the disabled list for a long stretch.
When the New York Mets signed free agent Jay Bruce on Wednesday, there was talk that the veteran outfielder might see some action at first base. He is a career.288 batter with 311 home runs, including.242 with only three home runs in 2017.
The Mets won't need to break the bank for Gonzalez.
This signing would have been exciting, if it was 2010, but unfortunately in this day and age, Gonzalez is a player that frankly shouldn't have even been looked at by this team.
Gonzalez, 35, is a five-time All Star and has been with the Dodgers since 2012.
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. Smith hit.198/.262/.395 with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 49 games.