Why Adrian Gonzalez, Mets deal could work

The Mets signed free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on Saturday evening, per a report from Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.

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, 35, is owed $21.5 million in the final year of his contract. Gonzalez was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Atlanta Braves earlier this offseason, but was released by his new team shortly thereafter. When he returned from his injury, NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over at first base.

Gonzalez has slashed.288/.359/.488 over his 14 years in Major League Baseball, and he has a 311 career home runs (22.2 per season) and 1,176 RBIs (84 per season).

Bruce started 10 games at first last season, but likely will see most of his action next season in right field with 2017 All-Star Michael Conforto starting in center and Yoenis Cespedes playing left. Over an 11-year stretch from 2006-2016 as a member of the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox and Dodgers, he mashed 301 home runs with a.292 batting average and.364 on-base percentage.


The general consensus is that the team is not happy with the development of first baseman Dominic Smith, who only spent about six weeks in the majors after being called up alongside the organization's top prospect Amed Rosario.

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Gonzalez, whose better days are certainly behind him is the epitome of a low risk, high reward signing. A four-time Gold Glove Award-winner, his defense also suffered, as he posted a minus-5.6 UZR/150 and minus-two DRS.

Now healthy, Gonzalez figures to compete in spring training with Smith for the starting first base job.


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