Adrian Gonzalez to sign with Mets, pending physical

Adrian Gonzalez to sign with Mets, pending physical

Adrian Gonzalez to sign with Mets, pending physical

The Amazin's have agreed to terms with free agent Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical, a source confirmed to the Daily News.

Gonzalez's role at Citi Field will likely to serve as backstop and mentor for Mets first baseman Dominic Smith, a first-round selection from the 2013 draft.

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

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. The injury ended Gonzalez's streak of playing in at least 150 games at 11 seasons.

Gonzalez missed most of last season due to a herniated back disk. When he returned, National League Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over for the NL champion Dodgers.


The 35-year-old became a free agent after being dealt from the Dodgers to the Braves in a move meant to free up money, he was later released by Atlanta.

Since 1983, Mark Herrmann has coveredBrookhaven, Southampton and East Hampton on the news side, and high schools, the Islanders, the Mets and golf for Newsday sports.His assignments have includedthe Olympics, March Madness, the Triple Crown, Stanley Cup, Super Bowl and World Series.

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

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. Smith hit.198/.262/.395 with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 49 games.

Gonzalez spent six seasons as member of the Dodgers, named to the All-Star team once while also winning a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger during his time there.

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