The Mets signed Adrian Gonazlez with a physical pending Saturday, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
The 35-year old first baseman was supplanted of his everyday first baseman role by breakout rookie Cody Bellinger in 2017, who ended up drilling 52 home runs and won the National League Rookie of the Year award last year. Gonzalez has already entered the twilight of his career. In the 2016 season, Gonzalez’s 111 wRC+ was his worst since his 2005 season. His batting production dropped precipitously in 2017. His ISO dropped from .150 to .113, he hit for a dismal line of .242/.287/.355, and his wRC+ dropped to a nightmarish 63.
The details of the contract are still unknown, though it is very likely the Mets will not pay Gonzalez much of anything. The Braves owe Gonzalez $22.3 million after he was traded to the Braves in mid-December, and subsequently released days later, meaning the Mets will likely pay Gonzalez around the ballpark of $1 million, maybe even less.
Gonzalez will become a cheap plan B to rookie Dominic Smith in the scenario that Dominic Smith is not ready for the major leagues. This deal poses as a low risk, low reward deal.