Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the team was going to wait and see if 1B Adrian Gonzalez could bounce back from his struggles.
Well, that wait was over on Sunday when the team decided to release him following a 2-0 win over the Yankees. Gonzalez was mired in a slump for weeks at that point, and Alderson said the team simply couldn't wait on a resurgence any longer.
"The last 15 games, his OPS was right about .500, which is not great," Alderson said during a conference call on Tuesday. "Overall, below .700. Also not great."
Over the month of June, Gonzalez was 3-for-27 (.111) with two RBI and seven strikeouts over eight games. But Alderson noted Gonzalez had "fallen off over the last two or three weeks."
Before his release, he was in a 1-for-22 slump, and he had hit just one home run since May 7. Overall, Gonzalez hit .237/.299/.373 in 54 games with the Mets this season.
The Mets have since brought up 1B Dominic Smith to replace Gonzalez. The 22-year-old was hitting .260/.343/.370 with two homers and 25 RBI in 56 games with Triple-A Las Vegas this season.