Adrian Gonzalez is reportedly returning to the East Coast to continue his Major League Baseball career - the New York Mets and the first baseman, according to multiple reports, agreed on terms on a contract, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports.
Atlanta remains on the hook for virtually all of Gonzalez's guaranteed $21.5 million salary in 2018, with the Mets needing to pay only the minimum salary of $545,000. He has been a star and pivotal part of teams through much of his 14-year career but was limited by injury to 71 games last season and was not part of the Dodgers' run to Game 7 of the World Series. When he returned, National League Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over for the NL champion Dodgers.
The Mets won't need to break the bank for Gonzalez. He was sent to the Braves as part of a trade for Matt Kemp, and Atlanta quickly released the 35-year-old slugger and multiple Gold Glove victor.
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Gonzalez likely won't be the opening day starter in NY, as the Mets recently signed Lucas Duda to a three-year, $39 million deal. He hit just.242 with three homers. Duda was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays during the season, and Smith, 22, struggled offensively, batting just.198.
Gonzalez spent six seasons as member of the Dodgers, named to the All-Star team once while also winning a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger during his time there.