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ICYMI: Mets Sign Adrian Gonzalez, Invite Tim Tebow To Spring Training

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The New York Mets and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez have agreed on a one-year deal, with it being finalized on January 18, two days after the team signed Jay Bruce.

New York will pay Gonzalez the Major League minimum of $545,000 this year. Gonzalez is owed $21.5 million overall in 2018 for the final year of his current contract; the remainder of those funds will be paid off by the Atlanta Braves, according to the Associated Press.

Gonzalez was traded to the Braves from the Dodgers in December, only to be released by Atlanta days later.

The 14-year veteran appeared in only 71 games in 2017 for the Dodgers due to elbow and back issues, making it the first time since 2005 that Gonzalez had failed to appear in at least 156 games.

Overall, Gonzalez is a career .288/.359/.488 hitter with 311 homers and 1,176 RBIs for four teams since his Major League debut in 2004.

Also making Met headlines recently was former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, who New York invited to Spring Training on the 19th.

Eight additional players were invited to the Mets’ Grapefruit League squad:

Tebow, 30, began his pursuit of a baseball career in August 2016 before signing a professional deal with the Mets in September of that year. That month, he homered on the first pitch he saw as a professional baseball player while playing in the Mets’ instructional league (lefty on lefty as well!)

In 2017, Tebow hit .226/.307/.347 with eight homers and 52 RBIs across 430 at-bats split between two of the Mets’ minor league affilliates (single-A South Atlantic League, single-A Florida State League).

At 30, Tebow is an age when most professional baseball players’ skills begin to diminish. It’s like that in other sports too. Nevertheless, the former Denver Bronco will be battling for a spot on New York’s 25-man roster (Opening Day), or 40-man, in which case he could be called up at any point in the season.

Tebow was solely an outfielder in 2017, appearing in 80 games (77 in left field) while recording a .917 fielding percentage. Not good. Needless to say, that will have to improve if he has a chance at seeing the bigs.

Position players for the Mets are scheduled to report to Spring Training on February 17.

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Mets’ Activate David Wright for Final Homestand

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New York Mets third baseman David Wright m who has not played in the majors since 2016 due to spinal stenosis along with neck and shoulder injuries, will be activated for the team’s final homestand of the season, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.

“Physically, the way I feel right now, and from what the docs told me, there’s not going to be any improvement, So I don’t see [playing full time again] as a possibility” Wright said during the new conference, according to the New York Post.

It’s unclear if retirement will be the next step for Wright, but his time with the Mets as an everyday again is over.

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Dodgers Recall Julio Urias

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled left-hander Julio Urias from Triple-A Oklahoma City, marking his first stint in the majors since he underwent shoulder surgery last June.

Urias was one of the major’s 10 best prospects prior to his debut back in 2016, and when he arrived in May of 2016 he posted an impressive 3.39 ERA over 77 innings with 84 strikeouts against only 31 walks, making many believe he would be a building block for the Dodgers’.

His shoulder surgery put everything on hold and will now look to recapture the magic that he flashed in 2016.

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Cardinals Activate Adam Wainwright, Will Start Tonight

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have activated veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright from the 60-day disabled list and transferred right hander Michael Wacha from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL in order to make a roster spot for the returning Wainwright.

Wainwright, 37, will first appearance since May 13 when he takes the mound tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Wacha is likely done for the season.

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