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.
The #Mets now have decided to sign 1B Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 14, 2018
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. Gonzalez, a five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, saw his streak of 11 consecutive seasons with at least 150 games played snapped after being limited to just 71 games with the Dodgers last season because of injury. He was not part of the team’s seven-game World Series run.
For his career, Gonzalez is hitting .288 with 311 home runs.
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. He has yet to prove reliable against MLB pitching, posting a .198 average with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 167 at-bats last season.
Signing as a free agent for the first time in his 14-year career, Gonzalez is still owed nearly $17 million in guaranteed money from his previous contract from Atlanta, and $4.5 million from the Dodgers. Terms of his deal with the Mets have not been made available, however, the aforementioned would surely allow him to sign for the league minimum.