ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Mets have reached out to free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzalez was traded by the Dodgers to the Braves over the weekend and then released in what was essentially a salary dump, so he’s been a free agent for a couple days.
Gonzalez, 35, posted a .642 OPS and played in only 71 games this past season due to a back injury.
The Mets already have Dominic Smith at first base, but aren’t quite sold on him yet, mostly because of his conditioning. Gonzalez would give the Mets insurance in the event Smith doesn’t inspire during spring training.
The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.
Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.