Gonzalez became a free agent after he was traded from the Dodgers to the Braves in a salary-dumping deal then released by the latter club.
It's the second significant move for NY this week.
Those numbers warranted some sizeable contracts as the Red Sox signed Gonzalez to a seven-year, $154 million deal prior to the 2011 season. He was released by Atlanta shortly after the trade, however, and has reportedly been engaged in discussions with the Mets since he entered free agency. After trudging through a herniated disk and forearm tendinitis, the struggling Gonzalez was placed on the DL in May, allowing the red-hot rookie Cody Bellinger to come in and steal his job. He is a career.288 batter with 311 home runs, including.242 with only three home runs in 2017.
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Gonzalez is owed more than $21 million next season, but the Mets would be responsible for just $545,000 if he makes the team.
Los Angeles traded Gonzalez to the Braves on December 16 in a deal that brought back outfielder Matt Kemp for his second stint with the club. The injury ended Gonzalez's streak of playing in at least 150 games at 11 seasons.
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. He hadn't experienced a stretch that poor since his first two Major League Baseball seasons when he came up as a member of the Texas Rangers. Playing 49 games, the left-handed-hitting Smith batted.198 with nine homers, 26 RBIs and 49 strikeouts in 167 at-bats.
At the end of the day, this is a five-time All-Star who finished in the top 20 of MVP voting eight times.