Mets Release 1B Gonzalez, Smith to be Promoted
Gonzalez, 36, was always thought to a be a seat warmer for Mets prospect Dominic Smith. He hit .237 with six homers and 26 RBIs in 169 at bats this year. You could Sandy Alderson and Mickey Callaway keeping Gonzo around to serve as a veteran presence for a potentially postesason-bound team. However, the prospects of the playoffs are drying up quickly in Flushing.
Sunday's win ended an eight-game losing streak and capped a 1-8 homestand in which the Mets scored a combined 13 runs in the nine games.
It's expected Smith, 22, will be called up to start at first. In 49 games with the Mets at the end of 2017, Smith's line was eerily similar to the numbers posted by Gonzalaez in 2018 - a .198 batting average with nine home runs 26 RBI in 167 at bats.
Reports also say catcher Jose Lobaton will be designated for assignment and infielder Ty Kelly will be called up to the MLB level.
The Mets are off Monday and will begin a 10-game road trip in Atlanta on Tuesday.