The New York Mets have signed first baseman Adrian Gonzales to a one-year deal pending a physical, according to Bob Nightengale. Gonzales only played in 71 games last season because of a injury to his back. Gonzales’s batting average was .242 with three homeruns and 30 RBI’s with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Even though Gonzales is 35 years old and injury prone, this isn’t a bad signing for the Mets. If he can stay healthy, Gonzales could be effective. Even though he had only three homeruns last season, 30 RBI’s is a big deal. It shows that Gonzales can hit with runners in scoring position in which the Mets could use.
Gonzales will be playing first base and it will be interesting where in the lineup he will be batting. The Mets had Lucas Duda and Dominic Smith play first base last season. Duda was traded in the middle of the season to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Smith was called up from the minors last season. In 49 games, his batting average was .198 with nine homeruns and 26 RBI’s. Smith has a good glove as well. Do the Mets want to keep on him the bench with Gonzales and I don’t think that would be good for Smith’s development, unless Smith is in the game late for defensive purposes or in the minors polishing his game.
Adrian Gonzales is another veteran that will be a good influence in the Mets clubhouse. New York just signed outfielder Jay Bruce to a three-year $39 million dollar deal the other day. It is has been a quiet offseason in the MLB, but the Mets are making good moves at the right price and time. It’s clear that the Mets are trying to win now.