The Mets are adding some insurance at first base.
Gonzalez, who will be 36 next season, would be a cheap stopgap who would not prevent Smith, one of the Mets' top prospects, from taking over at first base in the team's eyes. When he returned, National League Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over for the NL champion Dodgers.More news: Astros acquire Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole in trade
Gonzalez played just 71 games in 2017, the first time he didn't play at least 156 games since 2005.
Gonzalez will be a free agent after the upcoming season.
The Dodgers traded Gonzalez to the Atlanta Braves after the season in a package deal that saw Matt Kemp return to Los Angeles while providing the team with luxury tax relief. He has yet to prove reliable against Major League Baseball pitching, posting a.198 average with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 167 at-bats last season. He hit.242 with a.287 on-base percentage, a.355 slugging percentage, three homers and 30 RBIs.More news: Girlfriend Of Las Vegas Gunman Admitted She Handled Ammo
With Atlanta on the hook for his guaranteed $22 million salary in 2018, the Mets won't have to pay Gonzalez much of anything, as FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman notes.
In New York, Gonzalez's likeliest competition for playing time at first base is Dominic Smith, who struggled as a rookie in 2017.
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.More news: Seattle Seahawks reportedly hire Brian Schottenheimer as OC