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Mets, A-Gon reportedly agree to deal

Veteran first baseman (back injury) played in just 71 games in '17
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The Mets have agreed to sign free-agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pending a physical, according to USA TODAY Sports.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman also reported a deal was pending. The club has not confirmed an agreement.

The Mets have agreed to sign free-agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pending a physical, according to USA TODAY Sports.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman also reported a deal was pending. The club has not confirmed an agreement.

Video: Rosenthal talks about Adrian Gonzalez and the Mets

Gonzalez, 35, was traded from the Dodgers to the Braves in December as part of a five-player deal, and then released. As a result, the Mets would only need to pay him the league minimum salary of $545,000 in 2018, with the Braves responsible for the rest of the $21.5 million owed to him for the 2018 season under his previous contract.

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Gonzalez missed most of the 2017 season due to a back injury, slashing .242/.287/.355 with three home runs in 71 games. Though the five-time All-Star has seen his power decline steadily over the past several seasons, Gonzalez did post a 111 OPS+ in 2016, and was an All-Star the season prior to that.

Video: Adrian Gonzalez agrees to one-year deal with Mets

The Mets also have 22-year-old Dominic Smith as an option at first base. Though he hit .198 in 49 games for New York last season, Smith also had nine home runs. In 114 games for Triple-A Las Vegas, he slashed .330/.386/.519 with 16 homers.

Should Gonzalez be better suited as a platoon player, signing him still provides depth at the position in case Smith is unable to handle an everyday role at the Major League level in 2018.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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