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Adrian Gonzalez plans to play next season


The New York Mets released Adrian Gonzalez on June 10, after he completed a 54-game tenure with a batting line of .237/.299/.373 and only six homers. No one else showed interest in the five-time All-Star after the Mets cast him off and, as such, one might feel comfortable saying that his playing days were over.

One person disagrees, and that person is Adrian Gonzalez, who told MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM that he’s preparing to play next season:

It’s hard to imagine that, in an era in which youth rules, anyone is going to offer a major league contract to the soon-to-be-37-year-old Gonzalez this offseason. A minor league deal with a spring training invite perhaps, but he’ll have to fight for a job if he’s to get one.

For his career Gonzalez has a line of .287/.358/.485 with 317 homers in 15 seasons.

Asdrubal Cabrera signs with the Texas Rangers

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Texas Rangers have signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal, pending a physical. He’ll be paid $3.5 million, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Rosenthal reports that Cabrera will primarily play third base, replacing Adrian Beltre, who has retired.

It’s a fairly low price given that Cabrera hit 23 homers and posted a line of .262/.316/.458 (112 OPS+) between the Mets and Phillies last season but, as is the case with so many other veteran free agents, there did not appear to be much of a market developing for his services. He’ll at least get a lot of playing time in Texas, it would seem.