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Adrian Gonzalez | First Baseman | #23

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (35) / 5/8/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 1 (1) / MIA
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Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with his second home run of the season in a loss to the Braves on Thursday.
Gonzalez showed impressive power to the opposite field, smacking a solo shot in the eighth inning off Braves reliever Lucas Sims. The homer was his second in 15 games, and he's got 11 RBI to go with them. Even that's likely more than the Mets expected to get from Gonzalez when they inked him to a league-minimum deal this winter. The 35-year-old is hitting .256/.353/.419 overall. Apr 19 - 11:56 PM

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Adrian Gonzalez came off the bench to drive in two runs with a clutch pinch-hit single during Wednesday's win over the Marlins.

The Mets were trailing 1-0 in the eighth inning when Gonzalez was called upon to bat for starting pitcher Zack Wheeler. The veteran slugger came through with a single up the middle to plate Kevin Plawecki and Michael Conforto with the tying and go-ahead runs. Gonzalez has been solid at the plate in his first year with the Mets, slashing .296/.406/.444 with one homer and eight RBI in 32 plate appearances.
Apr 11 - 10:06 PM

Adrian Gonzalez belted a grand slam on Sunday, helping to power the Mets to victory over the Nationals in Washington.

With the Mets trailing 2-0 in the third inning, three consecutive hitters drew two-out walks against Tanner Roark, setting the stage for Gonzalez. The veteran first baseman made his first home run with the franchise a memorable one, pummeling a grand slam into the seats in right. It was his lone hit in five at-bats in the ballgame. Gonzalez is now hitting .261/.370/.435 with one homer and five RBI on the year.
Apr 9 - 12:19 AM

Adrian Gonzalez hit his first homer Tuesday against the Cardinals.

The solo shot also accounted for his first RBI in 47 at-bats this spring. He's batting .191/.255/.277 in the Grapefruit League. Expectations should be very modest.
Mar 20 - 4:56 PM

Adrian Gonzalez went 0-for-4 on Tuesday, leaving him 5-for-30 with no RBI this spring.

Dominic Smith has been hurt, so there's no pressure being applied to Gonzalez at the moment. He's probably going to get the month of April to prove himself, regardless. We don't see him as much more than a fringe NL-only option.
Mar 13 - 5:30 PM

Adrian Gonzalez goes through a four-step, 90-minute maintenance program every day in order to manage the lower back discomfort that sidelined him last season.

The program has allowed Gonzalez to participate in all activities this spring with no restrictions. "Anybody in baseball I’ve seen with a back issue, I’ve seen them always do these things. And I’ve always been like, ‘Man, you do a lot of work,’ " Gonzalez said. "And they’re like, ‘You have to.’ Now I understand why. It’s a maintenance program. It’s something you have to do." Gonzalez is 5-for-24 (.208) with one extra-base hit and a 5/2 K/BB ratio so far this spring. He entered spring as the favorite for the Mets' first base job and has won the gig by default with Dominic Smith (quad) injured. Gonzalez is worth a flier only in deep fantasy leagues.
Source: Newsday
Mar 9 - 9:13 AM

Adrian Gonzalez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Mets' Grapefruit League loss to a Nationals split-squad team on Sunday.

Gonzalez is hitting just .133 with a .321 OPS through 15 at-bats this spring and he hit just .242 with a .642 OPS in 71 regular-season games last season with the Dodgers, but the 35-year-old may open the 2018 campaign as the Mets' starter at first base. Dominic Smith continues to battle a left quad strain and could probably use a little more seasoning in the minor leagues.
Mar 4 - 3:54 PM

Mets signed 1B Adrian Gonzalez to a one-year contract.

New York will only have to pay Gonzalez the MLB minimum of $545,000, with the Braves and Dodgers sharing his $22.3 million guaranteed salary for 2018. The 35-year-old projects to open the 2018 season as the Mets' primary first baseman while Dominic Smith does a little more developing at the Triple-A level, though that narrative could change this spring. Gonzalez batted just .242/.287/.355 in 71 games last season for Los Angeles while fighting a chronic back injury.
Jan 17 - 12:12 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that "if healthy," Adrian Gonzalez will probably begin the season as the Mets' starting first baseman.

In other words, Dominic Smith will likely be Triple-A bound to begin the year. The 35-year-old Gonzalez is coming off a year where he was limited to 71 games with a back injury while putting up a career-worst .642 OPS, so it's probably way too soon to talk with any certainty about this situation. But clearly the Mets aren't exactly sold on Smith just yet.
Jan 16 - 9:38 AM

The Mets and free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez have agreed upon a deal, pending a physical, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

No word on the terms, but it'll likely be a short deal with not a lot of money guaranteed. Gonzalez can afford to take less money for a better situation since he's still being paid $22.357 million by the Braves for 2018. For the Mets, the 35-year-old will be a mentor for first baseman of the future Dominic Smith.
Jan 13 - 10:43 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today hears the Mets are in "serious discussions" with free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

Gonzalez has already had an eventful offseason, getting traded from the Dodgers to the Braves in December and being released by the Atlanta club two days later. Injuries limited him to 71 games in 2017 and contributed to his .242/.287/.355 line, but with Dominic Smith in tow, the Mets wouldn't need to rely on A-Gonz for much. It's an interesting low-risk possibility.
Jan 13 - 9:14 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney confirms that the Mets have reached out to free agent Adrian Gonzalez.

James Wagner of the New York Times wrote Tuesday morning that the Mets would "at least consider" signing Gonzalez and now it sounds like the two parties are indeed talking. Gonzalez was released by the Braves on Monday after getting traded in a bad-contract swap from the Dodgers. He was limited to 71 games in 2017 due to a back injury and hit just .242/.287/.355 with three home runs when healthy, but the Mets are looking for low-cost gambles this winter and the 35-year-old could provide a temporary buffer for young first baseman Dominic Smith.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 08:08:00 PM

According to James Wagner of the New York Times, the Mets "will at least consider" free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

He'll cost next to nothing, so of course the Mets are intrigued. Ideally, Dominic Smith would run away with the job, but he saw mixed results during his first stint in the majors last year and the club is considering adding an insurance policy. Gonzalez, 35, batting just .242/.287/.355 with three homers in 71 games last season while dealing with a back injury. Gonzalez will likely consider factors like location and playing time before deciding on his next team.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 08:46:00 AM

Braves released 1B Adrian Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was acquired from the Dodgers over the weekend in a swap which largely consisted of bad contracts, but he was never expected to stick around. The 35-year-old was limited to just 71 games in 2017 due to a back issue while batting just .242/.287/.355 with three homers in 252 plate appearances. The Braves will cover his $22.357 million salary in 2018, so it won't cost much to take a chance on him. However, his days as a regular could be over.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 03:36:00 PM

Braves designated 1B Adrian Gonzalez for assignment.

Gonzalez was acquired from the Dodgers on Saturday in a trade that swapped multiple bad contracts, but there was no place for him to play with the Braves. The 35-year-old batted just .242/.287/.355 with three homers in an injury-shortened 2017 campaign and might have a hard time finding a job that guarantees him regular playing time in 2018.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 08:58:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2T.J. Rivera
2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Wilmer Flores
SS1Amed Rosario
2Jose Reyes
3B1Todd Frazier
2David Wright
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Michael Conforto
2Juan Lagares
3Brandon Nimmo
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Jason Vargas
6Zack Wheeler
7Rafael Montero
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2A.J. Ramos
3Anthony Swarzak
4Jerry Blevins
5Paul Sewald
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
8Corey Oswalt