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The Mets are going with age before beauty at first base next season.
The team agreed to a deal with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pending a physical, The Post’s Mike Puma confirmed.
The deal was first reported by USA Today.
Gonzalez gives the Mets a veteran presence at first, where 22-year-old Dominic Smith had been projected as the franchise’s future.
After Smith struggled with a .198 batting average in 49 games with the big league club last season, though, the Mets were in the market for help at the corner.
Gonzalez played 71 games with the Dodgers in 2017, when back injuries derailed his season. He was sent to the Braves as part of a trade for Matt Kemp, and Atlanta quickly released the 35-year-old slugger and multiple Gold Glove winner.
The Mets signed Jay Bruce on Wednesday to a three-year, $39 million deal and reportedly told him he might have to play some first base.