The Mets’ first-base competition may already be decided

PORT ST. LUCIE — Dominic Smith is in shape and ready to compete for the Mets’ first-base job, but he may not be facing an open competition with Adrian Gonzalez. And manager Mickey Callaway indicated Tuesday that it could be difficult for the club to carry two first basemen,

Adrian Gonzalez: My annoying reputation was a Red Sox thing

Bobby Valentine told The Post this week that new Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez can be too opinionated and outspoken for some of his teammates, calling it “excessive.” Gonzalez agreed, but insisted it was something that happened only during their disastrous season together in Boston in 2012. “I think Bobby

Michael Conforto won’t return to Mets until at least May

Michael Conforto can plan on starting the season on the disabled list. As the Mets outfielder rehabs from surgery to repair the torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder, general manager Sandy Alderson is expecting the club will be without Conforto for at least the entire first month of

Adrian Gonzalez has inside track to Mets first-base job

Adrian Gonzalez probably will get “first” dibs on starting at first base for the Mets in 2018. Though the club still views Dominic Smith as part of the long-term equation at first, the Mets likely will give the veteran Gonzalez the job in spring training, according to a source

Why Adrian Gonzalez can bother the Mets’ clubhouse

Adrian Gonzalez will bring a big résumé and personality to the Mets’ clubhouse, but also the potential for controversy. The 35-year-old first baseman, who agreed to terms with the club on a one-year contract over the weekend — the Mets will pay him only the minimum salary on the

Mets reach deal with veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez

The Mets are buying low-cost insurance on Dominic Smith at first base. Adrian Gonzalez, who is attempting to resurrect his career after spending most of last season on the disabled list, agreed to terms Saturday on a one-year contract with the Mets, an industry source confirmed. The deal is

Inside the Mets’ $20 million payroll cut, and what’s next

The Mets’ payroll — more than public statement — often best reveals what team decision-makers actually believe of their chances to win. Coming off consecutive playoff berths and with what they thought was a powerhouse rotation, the Mets last year set a franchise record for an Opening Day payroll

Mystery surrounding the Mets’ new deal with Sandy Alderson

After a very disappointing 2017 season, there was speculation running through the Mets’ universe that team officials were talking to Sandy Alderson about a two-year contract extension to remain the club’s general manager. On Wednesday, the Mets announced the 70-year-old Alderson signed a extension but didn’t reveal the terms. Not

Mets have reached out to Adrian Gonzalez

The Mets have reached out to free-agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, according to a published report. The former All-Star was released by the Braves on Monday following a salary-dump trade from the Dodgers two days earlier. The Mets’ interest in the 35-year-old Gonzalez could be viewed as insurance in

Another MLB titan could now rival Yanks’ might next offseason

The free agent market got a lot more interesting Saturday — that would be the free agent market next winter. The Yankees signed CC Sabathia for $10 million. In one of the most voluminous salary dumps of all time, the Dodgers obtained Matt Kemp from the Braves for Adrian