Mets, Adrian Gonzalez agree to deal

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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.

The Mets are planning to sign former Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical, reports USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Rather, he would be available to replace or at least tutor Dominic Smith, whose first partial season with the Mets did not convince the club he is ready to be the everyday first baseman. When he returned from his injury, NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over at first base. Gonzalez is still due nearly $17 million guaranteed in his previous contract from Atlanta and $4.5 million from Los Angeles, leaving him available to sign for the league minimum.

Gonzalez will be a free agent after the upcoming season.

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The Mets won't need to break the bank for Gonzalez.

Los Angeles traded Gonzalez to the Atlanta Braves last month as part of the Matt Kemp deal. He is a career.288 batter with 311 home runs, including.242 with only three home runs in 2017.

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. He played for the Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and the Boston Red Sox before joining the Dodgers in midseason in 2012. Smith batted.198 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 49 games down the stretch for NY in 2017.

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