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1B Gonzalez reportedly agrees to deal with Mets

1B Gonzalez reportedly agrees to deal with Mets

The Mets are adding some insurance at first base.

That plan might be moot, as the Mets agreed to a deal with free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on Saturday, multiple media outlets reported.

Gonzalez spent the past six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers but was limited to only 71 games in 2017 because of a herniated disk in his back that put him on the disabled list for a long stretch.

While the club already has an established first baseman in 22-year-old Dominic Smith, there's no question that they could use the veteran leadership and career.288 bat Gonzalez brings to the table. When he returned, National League Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over for the NL champion Dodgers. The injury ended Gonzalez's streak of playing in at least 150 games at 11 seasons.

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Gonzalez, 35 will make $22.36 million next season in the final year of a seven-year, $154-million contract, but most will be paid by the Atlanta Braves.

With the Mets, he likely would not be called upon to be a pivotal player or even a regular. Gonzalez was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Atlanta Braves earlier this offseason, but was released by his new team shortly thereafter.

Now healthy, Gonzalez figures to compete in spring training with Smith for the starting first base job. In those 71 games he batted.242 with three home runs and 30 RBIs. 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.