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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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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

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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

Braves acquired 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy, INF Charlie Culberson and cash considerations from the Dodgers for OF Matt Kemp.

As Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported, Gonzalez will be designated for assignment and become a free agent. The 35-year-old slugger hit just .242/.287/.355 with three homers and 30 RBI in 71 games for the Dodgers in 2017.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 02:58:00 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Braves plan to designate Adrian Gonzalez for assignment.

The only reason that Gonzalez waived his no-trade clause to be included in the Matt Kemp deal, is that the Braves' promised him that he would become a free agent once the deal was completed. The 35-year-old is expected to be fully healthy for spring training, but will now have to find another team willing to give him a shot.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 02:51:00 PM

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Braves have acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash considerations in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp.

Gonzalez fell out of favor in Los Angeles after the emergence of Cody Bellinger and opted not to stay with the club for their postseason run while he was recovering from his back injury. It's unclear if the Braves plan to have him man first base while Freddie Freeman shifts to third base full-time, or if they'll look to move him elsewhere.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 02:47:00 PM

Dodgers president Andrew Friedman said Tuesday that he expects Adrian Gonzalez (back) to be healthy and in spring training next season.

Gonzalez appeared in just 71 games this season due to a back injury and struggled with a .242/.287/.355 batting line in 252 plate appearances when he was actually healthy enough to play. Cody Bellinger has taken over as the regular first baseman, so it's unclear where the 35-year-old old Gonzalez fits at this stage of his career. He's owed $21.5 million next year in the final year of his contract.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 02:35:00 PM

Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Adrian Gonzalez (back) is not traveling with the Dodgers this postseason.

The veteran first baseman is sidelined with a back injury, but rather than experiencing the postseason with his teammates, Gonzalez is at home with his family, resting and preparing for spring training.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 06:12:00 PM

Adrian Gonzalez is dealing with tightness in his back and will be shut down for the remainder of the regular season.

Now the question not only becomes will Gonzalez make the playoff roster, but should he? He offers no defensive versatility and he's struggled to both get on base and hit for power in 2017. The only argument might be that Gonzalez has postseason experience and could be useful off the bench, but it might be hard for manager Dave Roberts to trust any of that given how he's played this year.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 07:59:00 PM

Adrian Gonzalez finished 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Tuesday's win against the Padres.

The homer was just the third of the season for Gonzalez, who has been sidelined for a huge chunk of the season due to a back ailment. He had never been on the 10-day disabled list until this season, but he certainly made up for lost time. He will continue to work in a bench role for the Dodgers in the final days of the regular season and likely into the postseason, giving the team a still potent bat off the bench.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 03:57:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
3Tomas Nido
4Jose Lobaton
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2Dominic Smith
3Phillip Evans
4T.J. Rivera
2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Wilmer Flores
3Gavin Cecchini
4Ty Kelly
SS1Amed Rosario
2Jose Reyes
3Luis Guillorme
3B1Todd Frazier
2David Wright
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Juan Lagares
2Brandon Nimmo
3Matt den Dekker
RF1Jay Bruce
2Michael Conforto
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Jason Vargas
6Zack Wheeler
7Robert Gsellman
8Seth Lugo
9Rafael Montero
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2A.J. Ramos
3Anthony Swarzak
4Jerry Blevins
5Paul Sewald
6Hansel Robles
7Gerson Bautista
8Tyler Bashlor
9Jacob Rhame
10Jamie Callahan
11Matt Purke