Mets in serious talks with Adrian Gonzalez

Mets in serious talks with Adrian Gonzalez

It's the second significant move for NY this week.

Gonzalez gives the Mets a veteran presence at first, where 22-year-old Dominic Smith had been projected as the franchise's future.

The team agreed to a deal with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pending a physical, The Post's Mike Puma confirmed.

Gonzalez will be a free agent after the upcoming season.

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.

Atlanta remains on the hook for virtually all of Gonzalez's guaranteed $21.5 million salary in 2018, with the Mets needing to pay only the minimum salary of $545,000.

Gonzalez missed most of last season due to a herniated back disk. He played just 71 games with Los Angeles in 2017 as star rookie Cody Bellinger replaced him as the starting first baseman.

The 35-year-old five-time all-star has been a Gold Glove victor and Silver Slugger recipient. Gonzalez was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Atlanta Braves earlier this offseason, but was released by his new team shortly thereafter. In those 71 games he batted.242 with three home runs and 30 RBIs.

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. Playing 49 games, the left-handed-hitting Smith batted.198 with nine homers, 26 RBIs and 49 strikeouts in 167 at-bats.