Gonzalez told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that he plans to play next season. Gonzalez opened the season as the Mets' primary first baseman, but he was cut loose after hitting just .237/.299/.373 with six homers through 54 games. It sounds like the veteran first baseman wants to play one more season before retiring in an effort to end his playing career on a positive note. Seeing as Gonzalez has played in just 125 games over the past two seasons, hitting .240/.292/.363 with nine homers over that stretch, he doesn't figure to carry much fantasy value even if he does latch on somewhere.
Gonzalez was released by the Mets on Sunday, Gonzalez was cut after going 1-for-16 in his past five games. He appeared in 53 games for New York this season and put together a .241/.304/.380 batting line with six homers and 26 RBI.
Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with two RBI during Friday's loss to the Cubs. Gonzalez drove in two runs in the eighth with a single to center, but it wasn't enough as the Cubs rallied to win 7-4. Through 47 games this season, he's slashing .260/.325/.411 with six home runs and 26 RBI.
Gonzalez is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Cubs. Gonzalez will take his usual seat on the bench with a southpaw in Jose Quintana starting for the Cubs. Jay Bruce will pick up a start at first base in his stead, opening up a spot for Jose Bautista to start in the outfield.
Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Wednesday's win over the Braves. He's now racked up a .313/.353/.469 slash line over his last 10 games with a homer, four RBI and four runs, although the home run and all the RBI have come in his last three contests. Gonzalez's production will likely remain spotty hitting sixth in an inconsistent Mets offense, but the 36-year-old is still capable of making a contribution in deeper formats.