Mets bringing on Adrian Gonzalez, sources say

Aug 29 2017 Phoenix AZ USA Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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The Mets are adding some insurance at first base.

The Mets and free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez have agreed upon a deal, pending a physical, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

The Mets won't need to break the bank for Gonzalez. A bad back limited Gonzalez, 35, to just 71 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017, and he was unsurprisingly left off the team's postseason roster.

Gonzalez will be a free agent after the upcoming season. 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. When he returned, National League Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over for the NL champion Dodgers. In those 71 games he batted.242 with three home runs and 30 RBIs.

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Los Angeles traded Gonzalez to the Atlanta Braves last month as part of the Matt Kemp deal.

The Mets are looking to give Smith - who hit just.198 with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 49 major-league games last season - a chance to develop a little more.

In New York, Gonzalez's likeliest competition for playing time at first base is Dominic Smith, who struggled as a rookie in 2017.

The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez hits a solo home run off Reds relief pitcher Jumbo Diaz on August 22, 2016, in Cincinnati. The slow-developing free agent market is starting to work in their favor as they signed outfielder Jay Bruce to a three-year, $39 million deal on Wednesday.

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