Mets Sign Adrian Gonzalez

Reports: Mets Planning to Sign Former Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez

The Amazin's have agreed to terms with free agent Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical, a source confirmed to the Daily News. 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.

The Mets won't need to break the bank for Gonzalez. When he returned, National League Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over for the NL champion Dodgers.

Gonzalez will be a free agent after the upcoming season.

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It's the second significant move this week for the Mets, who brought back free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce on a three-year, $39 million contract Wednesday. A bad back limited Gonzalez, 35, to just 71 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017, and he was unsurprisingly left off the team's postseason roster. 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.

For his career, Gonzalez is hitting.288 with 311 home runs. He was also an All-Star three times as a member of the San Diego Padres and once with the Boston Red Sox. Smith hit.198/.262/.395 with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 49 games.

The Dodgers traded Gonzalez to the Atlanta Braves after the season in a package deal that saw Matt Kemp return to Los Angeles while providing the team with luxury tax relief.

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