At first glance, it's a puzzling move for Mets.
Bruce started 10 games at first last season, but likely will see most of his action next season in right field with 2017 All-Star Michael Conforto starting in center and Yoenis Cespedes playing left.
The Dodgers traded Gonzalez to Atlanta last month as part of an effort to get under the luxury-tax threshold. The team brought back free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce on a three-year, $39 million contract Wednesday.
After polishing off a six-year track with the Dodgers in 2017, Gonzalez was dealt to the Braves during a five-player swap in December.
Gonzalez will be a free agent after the upcoming season.
This is where the Mets came in. Rather, he would be available to replace or at least tutor Dominic Smith, whose first partial season with the Mets did not convince the club he is ready to be the everyday first baseman. 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 could still very well be the future of the team at first, but could need more time in triple-A to hone his game, leaving the Mets to search for a short-term option at the position.
The #Mets now have made a decision to sign 1B Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical. Nabbing him at the league minimum ($545,000) on a one-year deal, the Mets are getting a savvy veteran hitter who still knows his way around the batter's box.
If Smith keeps his starting job in 2018, he'll have to beat out Adrian Gonzalez, a five-time All-Star who figures to be hungry to rebound from an injury-plagued campaign.