Panik, 29, is coming off a season in which he saw his six-year tenure with the Giants come to an end, finishing the season with the Mets. The Mets will be able to add him for a prorated league-minimum salary. A rookie in 2014, Panik played a large role that postseason as the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals for their third World Series championship in five seasons. THURSDAY: The Mets have interest in Giants second baseman Joe Panik, Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports. It’ll go down as a short stay without a team for Panik, whom the Giants designated for assignment Tuesday and then subsequently released. Panik remains a bear to strike out (9.8 K rate, 9.3 BB percentage), but that wasn’t enough to keep him in San Francisco. The Giants could not option Panik to Triple-A because he has enough service time to turn down the assignment. When the Giants acquired fellow … It was Panik's homer that helped set the stage for Travis Ishikawa's heroics against the Cardinals, and his glove flip to Brandon Crawford in Game 7 of the World Series was one of the most important defensive plays in franchise history. The Giants announced Tuesday that they’ve designated second baseman Joe Panik for assignment and optioned lefty Sam Selman to Triple-A Sacramento. If he goes unclaimed, Panik can become a free agent without forfeiting any of that salary. Still, given his progress last year, it wouldn’t be entirely shocking to see him in the majors sometime around his 21st birthday in May. The 29-year-old Panik also has the bonus of being a native New Yorker, born in Yonkers and a product of St. John’s University. He should join the Mets for Friday night’s game, per Andy Martino of SNY. New York could simply slide Jeff McNeil from the outfield back to second base and pursue an additional outfielder, which figure to be in greater supply in the coming weeks. With the team turning second base over to Gennett, Panik became the odd man out on the roster. He also notched a league-leading 54 doubles. 1:10pm: Panik’s going to the Mets, Heyman tweets. Panik would also add another left-handed bat to a largely right-handed Mets lineup, and his presence at second base would allow Jeff McNeil to remain largely in the outfield. Of course, that’s a boilerplate response from Devers, and one of the reasons agents are so important for players. Southpaws Conner Menez and Williams Jerez were recalled from Sacramento in their place. With his new organization, Panik will have the opportunity to compete with the likes of Brandon Drury, Ruben Tejada, and Breyvic Valera for a roster spot and infield playing time. "Whatever that means, it means.”. Right-hander Yennsy Diaz was placed on the 60-day injured list in a corresponding roster move. Tyler Wade and Thairo Estrada are the top in-house options for the utility infield or part-time second base jobs if LeMahieu is indeed slated mostly for first base work, though the Yankees could prefer to be as flexible as possible with LeMahieu based on matchups. Panik had been the everyday second baseman since coming up in 2014 and teamed with Brandon Crawford to form a strong duo up the middle for years, but the Giants dealt for Scooter Gennett last week and plan to start him going forward. The Jays haven’t made a formal announcement of the roster move yet, however, so details will surely emerge when they publicly acknowledge the transaction. The Giants designated Joe Panik for assignment on Tuesday, a move that has been somewhat expected since the trade deadline but still stands as a massive shift for the organization. With Gleyber Torres likely to shift from second base to shortstop, the keystone could be occupied by DJ LeMahieu if the Yankees don’t prefer to use LeMahieu primarily as a first baseman. He had been designated for assignment recently. Devers, represented by Nelson Montes de Oca of Rep 1 Baseball, can let a shoulder shrug do his talking while rightfully laying contract responsibilities at the feet of his agent. Joe Panik San Francisco Giants Transactions, By Steve Adams | August 6, 2019 at 3:05pm CDT. This was the likely outcome of the situation once Panik hit DFA limbo. Panik was designated for assignment Tuesday and placed on release waivers yesterday, and he’ll officially enter into free agency at noon CT on Friday if he isn’t claimed by another team in the interim. Because no one will take on Panik via waivers, the Giants will have to pay him the balance of his $3.8MM salary. Normally, the Giants would have a week to trade Panik or put him on outright or release waivers. Panik’s future with the Giants looked to be in question when the club not only acquired well-regarded second base prospect Mauricio Dubon from the Brewers but also veteran second bagger Scooter Gennett from the Reds. The longtime manager said they both got a little emotional. Lagares was sure to be bought out at $500K after a brutal season at the plate. The deal includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training. In 44 2/3 Triple-A frames, he worked to a 4.43 ERA with 6.6 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9. The Giants announced today that they have placed second baseman Joe Panik on unconditional relief waivers. Though he had a solid showing upon his return to his native New York, that was too big a tab to pick up. Panik, 28, was a quality producer as a Giant from 2014-17, but his production has cratered since the beginning of last season. Still, at a minimum price, there’s little harm for the Mets in taking a flier on Panik if nothing else than an extra body in their infield mix. Panik, a Yonkers native who attended St. John’s University, will now try to bounce back in the familiar surroundings of New York. He avoided the IL in 2019, although the litany of injuries certainly could have had a lingering effect on his play. The Cano injury is one of the few things to go wrong of late for the hard-charging Mets, who’ve gone from laughingstocks to serious playoff contenders in a matter of weeks. He has slashed just .245/.308/.325 with seven home runs in 780 plate appearances going back to 2018, giving him the majors’ fourth-worst wRC+ (72) among hitters with at least 700 PA. Panik remains a bear to strike out (9.8 K rate, 9.3 BB percentage), but that wasn’t enough to keep him in San Francisco. The Blue Jays have signed infielder Joe Panik to a minor league contract, reports Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun. The Mets have declined their club option over outfielder Juan Lagares. The Mets’ interest may hinge on whether or not Panik is actually on the open market. In addition to Gennett, they traded for Mauricio Dubon, a 25-year-old who is with Triple-A Sacramento and viewed as big league ready. MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that at least one other team besides the Mets has interest in Panik, though it isn’t known if this mystery team is willing to make a claim for Panik, or if they are also waiting for Panik to hit free agency. It’s only 10 games and 26 plate appearances, but Panik went 8-for-21 with a pair of homers, a triple and more walks (four) than strikeouts (three). He’d have had the right to elect free agency had he been outrighted. Panik, picked up in the middle of the season, projected to earn $5.1MM in arbitration. He will be arbitration-eligible for the first time after this upcoming season, so he can expect to field extension questions on a regular basis, though neither party has cause to be in any particular rush.After playing a starring role in the Red Sox 2018 World Series win, Devers didn’t disappoint with a .311/.361/.555 line last season with 32 home runs and 115 RBIs. Since 2015, a stress fracture in his back, multiple bouts of concussion symptoms, thumb surgery and a groin strain have all sent Panik to the injured list. Winners of 13 of 14, the Mets suddenly own a 59-56 record and sit a mere half-game back in a congested National League wild-card race. In 643 career games with San Francisco, he hit .271 with 36 homers and 221 RBIs. It’s unlikely he’ll be tendered, but perhaps that’s still possible if he catches on elsewhere and turns things around down the stretch. If the Mets were to just claim Panik off waivers, they’d have to pay him the entire $1.12MM in remaining salary themselves. It’s difficult to glean too much from that limited showing, but the Blue Jays were impressed enough to add Panik to the roster, thus locking in a $2.85MM base salary for the veteran infielder. He also notched a league-leading 54 doubles. "I am forever grateful for the Giants taking the chance on me and allowing me to live out my life long dream. These struggles prompted the Giants to part ways with their longtime second baseman last summer, though Panik hit better after catching on with the Mets for 39 games in 2019. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters on Tuesday that telling Panik he had been designated was "one of the most difficult conversations I had in my life." Panik had gradually lost time to Solano and the Giants prioritized the middle infield at the deadline. That’s still too aggressive to be an expectant timetable – but given the uncertainty in the Yanks’ rotation and the level of competition in the division, an early debut for Garcia certainly can’t be ruled out. Whether the Mets deem him an upgrade over internal options, based on his past two seasons of play, remains to be seen though.