The Mets released struggling 1B Adrian Gonzalez after Sunday's 2-0 win over the Yankees and announced they will promote first baseman Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas in advance of Tuesday's game in Atlanta against the Braves.
The 36-year-old Gonzalez, who went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts on Sunday, hit .237 with a .299 OBP and .373 SLG in 54 games (169 at-bats) for the Mets this season. He was in the midst of a 1-for-22 slump at the time of his release and had hit just one home run since May 7.
Smith, 22, who hit .198 with nine home runs and 16 RBIs in 49 games with the Mets last season, has hit .260/.343/.370 with two home runs, 16 doubles, and 25 RBI in 56 games with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2018.
Gonzalez was signed before the season, with the Mets all but guaranteeing him the starting job before Spring Training began.
He started off April cold, though his advanced statistics suggested he was hitting in to bad luck. After a solid May, Gonzalez fell off badly in June. And his struggles making contact recently (he had six strikeouts in his last nine at-bats) were glaring.
In addition to releasing Gonzalez, the Mets DFA'd third catcher Jose Lobaton, and will call INF/OF Ty Kelly up from Triple-A prior to Tuesday night's game.