Why Adrian Gonzalez, Mets deal could work

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

USA Today first reported the agreement between Gonzalez and the Mets.

Adrian Gonzalez has agreed to a deal with the New York Mets pending a physical, according to ESPN and other multiple reports.

On Dec. 16, Gonzalez was traded by the Dodger to the Braves in a five-player deal that helped the Dodgers work toward getting under the 2018 luxury tax threshold.

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. When he returned from his injury, NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over at first base.

The 35-year-old five-time all-star has been a Gold Glove victor and Silver Slugger recipient.

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Gonzalez is owed more than $21 million next season, but the Mets would be responsible for just $545,000 if he makes the team. So basically, Gonzalez could be had on the free-agent market for an extremely low price.

Los Angeles traded Gonzalez to the Braves on December 16 in a deal that brought back outfielder Matt Kemp for his second stint with the club.

Gonzalez is a career.288 hitter with 311 homers, but he spent half of last season on the disabled list and batted just.242 for the Dodgers with three homers and 30 homers in 71 games. He was also an All-Star three times as a member of the San Diego Padres and once with the Boston Red Sox.

He is a five-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove victor.

The veteran first baseman will likely split time at first depending on how much Dominic Smith, a 2013 first-round pick who was a late-season call up in 2017, impresses the Mets. Duda was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays during the season, and Smith, 22, struggled offensively, batting just.198.

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