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Former Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is released by the New York Mets

First baseman Adrian Gonzalez was cut by the New York Mets on Sunday night following their 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees.

The five-time All-Star struck out in all three of his at-bats during that game, part of a 1-for-19 slump for the 15-year veteran who spent the previous five-plus seasons with the Dodgers. He is batting .237 with six home runs and 26 RBIs this year.

Last season, Gonzalez played in just 71 games because of a herniated disk in his back. During Gonzalez’s absence, then-rookie Cody Bellinger emerged as an All-Star for the Dodgers at first base.

With one season left on a $154 million, seven-year contract he originally signed with the Boston Red Sox, Gonzalez was sent to the Atlanta Braves in December as part of a trade that brought outfielder Matt Kemp back to the Dodgers.

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He was released by the Braves two days later and signed by the Mets for the league minimum in January. The Braves are still on the hook for Gonzalez’s $21.5 million salary for this season, minus the $545,000 that will be paid by the Mets.

The Mets will recall first baseman Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday.

charles.schilken@latimes.com

Twitter: @chewkiii

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