Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Mets release Adrian Gonzalez, call up Dominic Smith

Comparing the hitting tendencies of Adrián González and Dominic Smith Comparing the hitting tendencies of Adrián González and Dominic Smith
Cary Erickson | 11 June, 2018, 17:54

Slumping veteran Adrian Gonzalez was released following a 2-0 victory over the Yankees on Sunday night, and the Mets will recall Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday when they begin a 10-game road trip in Atlanta.

The Mets are also adding utility man Ty Kelly from Las Vegas and designated catcher Jose Lobaton for assignment. With the Braves covering virtually all of Gonzalez's 2018 salary, the Mets inked him to a minimum-salary contract to see if they could find a bargain if Gonzalez regained any of his old form.

Gonzalez was hardly the reason for the poor offense, but he was a part of it.

The former star played in just 71 games last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also hit just one home run in May.

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Looking to spark their stagnant lineup, the New York Mets are making a change at first base. Smith entered spring training with at least the chance to compete for a big-league spot, but he showed up late to the first spring training game and then missed time with a quad injury.

The first base picture at Citi Field is still rather unclear, as both Smith and Bruce are left-handed bats and thus not an ideal platoon mix. Smith did appear in two games for the Mets in mid-May.

Gonzalez signed a one-year deal with the Mets in January.