Those numbers warranted some sizeable contracts as the Red Sox signed Gonzalez to a seven-year, $154 million deal prior to the 2011 season.
The Mets won't need to break the bank for Gonzalez.
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. So basically, Gonzalez could be had on the free-agent market for an extremely low price.
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.
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Gonzalez spent the past six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers but was limited to only 71 games in 2017 because of a herniated disk in his back that put him on the disabled list for a long stretch.
Gonzalez has slashed.288/.359/.488 over his 14 years in Major League Baseball, and he has a 311 career home runs (22.2 per season) and 1,176 RBIs (84 per season).
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.
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. For the Mets, the 35-year-old will be a mentor for first baseman of the future Dominic Smith.
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.