Panik was designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. He cleared waivers on Friday, allowing him to sign with any team. Joe Panik agreed to a deal to man second base for the Mets. The team designated infielder Adeiny Hechavarria for assignment to make room for Panik.
The Giants will pay the rest of Panik salary for this year. The Mets will pay him a pro-rated portion of the minimum salary, about $150,000, according to MLB.com.
Panik was with the Giants for six seasons. This season he hit .235 with three home runs and 27 RBIS. He hit .271 with 36 home runs and 221 RBIs and won a World Series title in his Giants career.
The Need for Joe Panik
Signing Panik is a good move for the Mets. Panik had expressed interest in coming home to play for the Mets, according to Michael Anthony of MetsMerizedOnline.com. He is a Yonkers, New York native, grew up in Hopewell Junction, New York and went to St. Johns university.
Besides going back home Panik will fill a hole left by Robinson Cano. Cano tore his left hamstring earlier this week and will be out for most, if not all of the rest of the season.
The Mets had Hechavarria, Luis Guillorme, Juan Lagares, Aaron Altherr and Jeff McNeil play second base since they didn’t have a replacement for Cano. Instead of the committee approach they now have a regular in Panik. Panik fits right in for what this team needs.
The Mets are currently a game out of the second National League wild card spot. They still have a shot at making the playoffs and Panik could help them make the push for a playoff spot.
If the Mets do make the playoffs, then you can look at the addition of Panik as a reason why. Without Panik the Mets most likely will not continue their chase. He brings a steady glove at second base and a bat that has underperformed thus far, but can be an impact one. Panik brings stability to the infield and can help make a difference for the Mets down the stretch.