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Mets bringing on Adrian Gonzalez, sources say

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Mets bringing on Adrian Gonzalez, sources say

The Mets have first baseman Dominic Smith already on the roster, who would presumably be the team's starter on Opening Day should they choose not to make a move in free agency.

According to numerous reports, Gonzalez agreed on Saturday night to a one-year contract with the Mets.

Gonzalez spent the past six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers but was limited to only 71 games in 2017 because of a herniated disk in his back that put him on the disabled list for a long stretch.

Gonzalez will be a free agent after the upcoming season. When he returned, National League Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over for the NL champion Dodgers.

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

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For his career, Gonzalez is hitting.288 with 311 home runs. 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. Playing 49 games, the left-handed-hitting Smith batted.198 with nine homers, 26 RBIs and 49 strikeouts in 167 at-bats.

The Mets are going with age before beauty at first base next season.

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.

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

Gonzalez likely won't be the opening day starter in NY, as the Mets recently signed Lucas Duda to a three-year, $39 million deal.

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