Mets, Adrian Gonzalez agree to deal | What it means

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The Mets are adding some insurance at first base.

The Mets are bringing in big-name competition for first baseman Dominic Smith, a former first-round pick who is coming off a disappointing rookie season.

The Amazin's have agreed to terms with free agent Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical, a source confirmed to the Daily News. When he returned, National League Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over for the NL champion Dodgers.

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.

The Mets are going with age before beauty at first base next season. Smith batted.198 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 49 games down the stretch for NY in 2017.

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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.

Smith, 22, debuted in the majors last August as one of the top-ranked prospects in baseball, then didn't live up the hype. He hit.242 with a.287 on-base percentage, a.355 slugging percentage, three homers and 30 RBIs.

A bargain pickup like Gonzalez fits in with the Mets' stated plan of opening this season under the $154 million payroll with which they began 2017.

Gonzalez likely won't be the opening day starter in NY, as the Mets recently signed Lucas Duda to a three-year, $39 million deal.