The result was the deal that sent Gonzalez, right-hander Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson, left-hander Scott Kazmir and cash to the Braves in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp. When he returned from his injury, NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger had taken over at first base.
Gonzalez will be a free agent after the upcoming season.
Gonzalez has slashed.288/.359/.488 over his 14 years in Major League Baseball, and he has a 311 career home runs (22.2 per season) and 1,176 RBIs (84 per season). He was also an All-Star three times as a member of the San Diego Padres and once with the Boston Red Sox.
This is where the Mets came in.
The Mets have first baseman Dominic Smith already on the roster, who would presumably be the team's starter on Opening Day should they choose not to make a move in free agency. Duda was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays during the season, and Smith, 22, struggled offensively, batting just.198.
He could still very well be the future of the team at first, but could need more time in triple-A to hone his game, leaving the Mets to search for a short-term option at the position.
The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez hits a solo home run off Reds relief pitcher Jumbo Diaz on August 22, 2016, in Cincinnati.
Should he return to full health and is put in a lower spot in the lineup where he is supported by Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto (upon his return from a dislocated shoulder), Gonzalez could still be more than serviceable for the Mets.
Now healthy, Gonzalez figures to compete in spring training with Smith for the starting first base job.