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Mets sign first baseman Adrian Gonzalez

By JT. Teran
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Adrian Gonzalez
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Adrian Gonzalez /

The Mets have signed 35-year-old Adrian Gonzalez for some reason.

In their quest to bring in new faces to the organization while still being as cheap as possible, the Mets have signed first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was released by the Braves earlier this offseason after they acquired him from the Dodgers in a big trade that sent Matt Kemp over to Los Angeles.

This signing would have been exciting, if it was 2010, but unfortunately in this day and age, Gonzalez is a player that frankly shouldn’t have even been looked at by this team.
He’s unfortunately a shell of his old self both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, so his upside isn’t exactly promising.

Last season, Gonzalez spent most of the year hurt with a back injury which impacted his play on the field significantly leading him to his worst year statistically.

The Mets have wanted to add more offense in their infield this offseason, but at the same time they haven’t got the resources to make it happen. They’re reportedly still shopping around for a second baseman, and were even looking at former Met Lucas Duda as a possible target.

Ultimately, it looks like they’ve determined that Gonzalez would be a good fit. I can’t imagine the Mets believe he should be a starter, but maybe in a backup/mentor role, he can be serviceable for a guy like Dominic Smith.

Smith, on his part, has been criticized publicly by management for not earning the first base job last season after struggling heavily with the bat once he was called up. It’s possible the Mets want to give him a little boost or incentive to play better this Spring Training by adding a veteran like Gonzalez.

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There are no specifics on the deal, but odds are this signing is for the league minimum and for a single year so it may not too bad at the end of the day. If the Mets feel like Gonzalez isn’t worth it after a few weeks, they can simply release him without much damage to their bottom line overall. We’ll see what ends up happening with the big first baseman.