Playing in his first year with the team, Gonzalez has six home runs, 26 RBIs and is batting .237. He is currently mired in a 1 for 19 slump.
New York acquired Gonzalez in January after the Atlanta Braves released him following a trade.
The 36-year-old Gonzalez is making $21.5 million this season on the final year of the seven-year, $154 million deal he signed with the Boston Red Sox in 2011. Since then, he’s been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he played for over five seasons, and then to the Braves this offseason. The Mets were only on the hook for $545,000 of Gonzalez’s salary this year.
In addition to the Gonzalez news, the Mets also announced that catcher Jose Lobaton will be designated for assignment. In corresponding moves, the team said it will call up first baseman Dominic Smith and utility man Ty Kelly from Triple-A Las Vegas.