In search of a brief repair at first base, the Mets have reached out to veteran Adrian Gonzalez, a staff supply confirmed Tuesday night time. Gonzalez was launched Monday by the Braves after being traded to Atlanta from the Dodgers in a cash swap to attempt to get underneath the luxurious tax.
Whereas Gonzalez is assured the $22.36 million remaining on his contract paid by the Braves, any staff signing him as a free agent would solely be required to pay him the major-league minimal, just like the deal the Mets made with Jose Reyes in 2016 after he was launched by the Rockies.
Gonzalez, who will likely be 36 subsequent season, could be an affordable stopgap who wouldn’t forestall the Mets’ prime prospect, Dominic Smith, from taking up at first base within the staff’s eyes.
The Mets want to give Smith — who hit simply .198 with 9 house runs and 26 RBI in 49 major-league video games final season — an opportunity to develop a little bit extra.
Sandy Alderson made it clear that the Mets weren’t overly impressed with Smith, who arrived within the main leagues out of form final August, and that he was not assured the beginning first base job this spring.
Gonzalez is a five-time All-Star who was restricted to only 71 video games with the Dodgers final season due to again issues. He hit simply .242.
The Mets must bulk up their lineup and first base, second base and the outfield are positions they’ll conceivably work on. They’ve had curiosity in a reunion with Jay Bruce, planning to make use of him at first base and the outfield to provide Michael Conforto an opportunity to return totally from shoulder surgical procedure, and likewise to help Smith.
Gonzalez waived his no-trade clause to the Braves figuring out he could be launched and be capable of attain the free-agent market.
With a restricted offseason finances, the Mets are searching for artistic methods to rebuild their lineup heading into 2018.