Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
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Mets release first baseman Adrian Gonzalez

Mets release first baseman Adrian Gonzalez

When the New York Mets made the late-night announcement Sunday that they had released first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, questions immediately arose about the team's plans for Jose Reyes, who has struggled mightily this season.

To take his spot, the Mets called up Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas and the 22-year-old will likely take over at first base.

The Mets announced the moves after manager Mickey Callaway's media availability and did not make any team officials available for comment.

Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, releasing Gonzalez will allow the Mets to play Jay Bruce at first base and keep Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto in the lineup when Yoenis Cespedes returns.

Gonzalez signed a one-year deal with the Mets in January.

On Sunday, he was overmatched by right-hander Luis Severino. Smith did appear in two games for the Mets in mid-May. Drafted 11th overall out of high school in 2013, the touted prospect scuffled in the majors as a rookie last season, hitting.198 with nine homers, 26 RBIs and a.658 OPS in 49 games.

Gonzalez, 36, went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts last night and ends his Mets tenure with a batting line of.237/.299/.373 and only six homers in 54 games.

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