In their effort to add depth, experience and insurance, the Mets have reached an agreement to sign veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pending a physical, an industry source said Saturday night.
The Mets won't need to break the bank for Gonzalez. Gonzalez is still due nearly $17 million guaranteed in his previous contract from Atlanta and $4.5 million from Los Angeles, leaving him available to sign for the league minimum.
The Mets have first baseman Dominic Smith already on the roster, who would presumably be the team's starter on Opening Day should they choose not to make a move in free agency.
Known for his durability over the course of his 14-year major league career, Gonzalez was limited to just 71 games last season as a member of the Dodgers. The injury ended Gonzalez's streak of playing in at least 150 games at 11 seasons. He missed almost three months with a herniated disc in his lower back and even toyed around with the idea of an early retirement, though his deal with the Mets suggests that he's good to go for another season, if not more than that.
Gonzalez has slashed.288/.359/.488 over his 14 years in Major League Baseball, and he has a 311 career home runs (22.2 per season) and 1,176 RBIs (84 per season).
He was traded from Los Angeles to Atlanta as part of a five-player deal in December and released two days later. He spent much of last season on the DL, batting just.242 with three HRs and 30 RBIs in 71 games.
Now healthy, Gonzalez figures to compete in spring training with Smith for the starting first base job.