The New York Mets continue to add to their 2018 roster, coming to an agreement with free-agent first baseman Adrian 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.
He's unfortunately a shell of his old self both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, so his upside isn't exactly promising.
A five-time All-Star best known for his time with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, the 35-year-old played in just 71 games for the Dodgers last season and missed their postseason run due to back problems. He began the year as the team's primary first baseman, but was usurped by rookie sensation Cody Bellinger, who went on to win the league's Rookie of the Year Award. It was the fewest games of playing time he saw since 2005, when he was a member of the Texas Rangers.
Gonzalez's role at Citi Field will likely to serve as backstop and mentor for Mets first baseman Dominic Smith, a first-round selection from the 2013 draft. He was then traded to the Red Sox and spent two years in Boston before he was traded to Los Angeles in 2012. Smith batted.198 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 49 games down the stretch for NY in 2017.