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Adrian Gonzalez | First Baseman | #23

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/8/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 1 (1) / MIA
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Mets released 1B Adrian Gonzalez.
Gonzalez was given his unconditional release after going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts on Sunday against the Yankees. Signed to a one-year deal after being released from the Braves -- who acquired Gonzalez in a salary dump trade -- the former All-Star first baseman was awful for the Mets, hitting just .237/.299/.373 with six homers over 54 games. The Mets will call up Dominic Smith to take Gonzalez's place on the 25-man roster. Gonzalez is free to sign with any other team, but don't be surprised if he doesn't find many suitors for a 36-year-old first baseman who hasn't hit for two years. Jun 11 - 2:44 AM

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Adrian Gonzalez finished 0-for-3 in Tuesday's loss, dropping is OPS under .700.

Gonzalez hasn't had particularly strong numbers at any point, but he was at least driving in runs early on, collecting 17 RBI in April. He has nine RBI in the five weeks since. The Mets could try playing Jay Bruce more at first base when Yoenis Cespedes returns. Gonzalez actually has 50 points of OPS on Bruce (.699 to .649), but the Mets have far more invested in Bruce.
Jun 5 - 10:36 PM

Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs in a win over the Braves on Wednesday.

The aging slugger smacked a ground-rule double that plated Jay Bruce in the fourth inning, then added an RBI-single to score Jose Bautista with an insurance run in the eighth. The 36-year-old first baseman owns a .262 batting average with six homers and 24 RBI in 45 games.
May 30 - 11:36 PM

Adrian Gonzalez is not in the starting lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Braves.

He'll take a seat against lefty Max Fried. Jay Bruce will make the start at first base.
May 28 - 10:40 AM

Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers Monday as the Mets edged the Reds 7-6 on Monday.

Gonzalez has five homers in 82 at-bats, which is two more than he had in 231 at-bats for the Dodgers last year. We're still not particularly impressed; his contact rate is down and his exit velocity remains mediocre. He's been adequate to date, though.
May 7 - 11:34 PM

Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-6 with a double, a home run and five RBI as the Mets pounded the Padres 14-2 on Sunday.

Gonzalez hit a three-run home run as part of a five-run seventh inning for the Mets. He must have heard that the Mets were ready to cut into his playing time by having Jay Bruce log some time at first base on the team's upcoming homestand. Sunday notwithstanding, A-Gonz hasn't given the Mets much reason to keep him in the lineup on a regular basis, batting just .227/.312/.394 in 21 games overall.
Apr 29 - 8:28 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Kevin Plawecki
3Travis d'Arnaud
1B1Dominic Smith
2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
2T.J. Rivera
SS1Amed Rosario
2Jose Reyes
3Luis Guillorme
3B1Todd Frazier
2Wilmer Flores
3David Wright
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Brandon Nimmo
3Jose Bautista
CF1Michael Conforto
2Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Kevin Kaczmarski
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Steven Matz
4Jason Vargas
5Zack Wheeler
6Seth Lugo
7Rafael Montero
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2A.J. Ramos
3Anthony Swarzak
4Robert Gsellman
5Jerry Blevins
6Tim Peterson
7Chris Beck
8Drew Smith
9Chris Flexen