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1B Gonzalez reportedly agrees to deal with Mets

1B Gonzalez reportedly agrees to deal with Mets

The Mets are adding some insurance at first base.

Adrian Gonzalez is reportedly returning to the East Coast to continue his Major League Baseball career - the New York Mets and the first baseman, according to multiple reports, agreed on terms on a contract, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports.

Gonzalez, who will be 36 next season, would be a cheap stopgap who would not prevent Smith, one of the Mets' top prospects, from taking over at first base in the team's eyes.

A five-time All-Star best known for his time with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, the 35-year-old played in just 71 games for the Dodgers last season and missed their postseason run due to back problems.

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Atlanta remains on the hook for virtually all of Gonzalez's guaranteed $21.5 million salary in 2018, with the Mets needing to pay only the minimum salary of $545,000.

Los Angeles traded Gonzalez to the Atlanta Braves last month as part of the Matt Kemp deal.

For his career, Gonzalez is hitting.288 with 311 home runs.

In New York, Gonzalez's likeliest competition for playing time at first base is Dominic Smith, who struggled as a rookie in 2017. Smith batted.198 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 49 games down the stretch for NY in 2017. He hit just.242 with three homers. The slow-developing free agent market is starting to work in their favor as they signed outfielder Jay Bruce to a three-year, $39 million deal on Wednesday.