Heyman | Mets talking to Adrian Gonzalez

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The Amazin's have agreed to terms with free agent Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical, a source confirmed to the Daily News.

The Mets won't need to break the bank for Gonzalez. 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.

With Atlanta on the hook for his guaranteed $22 million salary in 2018, the Mets won't have to pay Gonzalez much of anything, as FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman notes.

After coming up with the Rangers, Gonzalez spent five years with the Padres, where he emerged as one of the league's premier first baseman.

The result was the deal that sent Gonzalez, right-hander Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson, left-hander Scott Kazmir and cash to the Braves in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp.

For his career, Gonzalez has a.288/.359/.488 batting line with 311 home runs and 1,176 RBIs in 1,875 games.

On Dec. 16, Gonzalez was traded by the Dodger to the Braves in a five-player deal that helped the Dodgers work toward getting under the 2018 luxury tax threshold. He hit.242 with a.287 on-base percentage, a.355 slugging percentage, three homers and 30 RBIs.

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.

Now healthy, Gonzalez figures to compete in spring training with Smith for the starting first base job.

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