The Blue Jays officially purchased Panik's contract Sunday and added him to their 40-man roster, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Panik was attending spring training with Toronto on a minor-league deal that contained an opt-out clause for March 15, so the Blue Jays were forced to make a decision on his status even while the MLB season remains suspended. The Blue Jays placed pitcher Yennsy Diaz on the 60-day injured list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Panik. He'll offer Toronto some veteran depth up the middle behind second-year starters Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette.
Panik got the start at second base and hit second in Monday's split-squad game against the Pirates, going 2-for-3 with a caught stealing.
The 29-year-old came into camp as a non-roster invitee, but a .375/.476/.750 slash line through eight spring games has put Panik in position to win a spot on the Jays' bench. The club had a great deal of success reviving Eric Sogard's career in a similar spot last year, but fantasy GMs will likely want to see Panik string together some hits in the regular season before taking the plunge.
Panik appears to be a favorite to win a spot on the 26-man roster, Gregor Chisholm of The Toronto Star reports.
Despite the fact that the 29-year-old has essentially only ever played second base in the majors -- Panik saw action at first base for one game in 2018 -- he was a shortstop in the minors, and the Jays see him potentially filling a utility role similar to what Eric Sogard handled last season. Panik's contact skills could make him a useful bench bat and a left-handed complement to Brandon Drury as a reserve, but he's posted an OPS north of .700 only once in the last four years, so Panik will likely need to show he can provide depth at multiple positions to break camp in the majors.
Panik signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Saturday as a non-roster invitee, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
After a slow start to the season, Panik was released by the Giants in August prior to being picked up by the Mets. Overall, the 29-year-old hit .244/.315/.336 with five home runs over 142 games between the two teams. He'll get the chance to compete at major-league spring training, but it's unclear how much time he'll see in the majors in 2020 after back-to-back disappointing seasons.
Panik was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday and elected free agency, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
Panik appeared in 142 games across stops with the Giants and the Mets in 2019, and he hit .244 with five homers and 39 RBI over that stretch. He chose to test his value on the open market rather than heading to Triple-A.
Panik is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nationals, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
With Robinson Cano (hamstring) returning from the injured list Tuesday and drawing back into the lineup for the series finale, Panik's time as the Mets' primary second baseman is likely over. Panik has slashed an underwhelming .273/.317/.390 since signing with the Mets on Aug. 9 but turned in one of his better performances in Tuesday's 11-10 loss, going 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.
Panik is not in the lineup Thursday against the Cubs.
Panik is slashing .273/.310/.327 in 17 games since joining the Mets earlier in August. He'll give way to Jeff McNeil at the keystone in Thursday's series finale with left-hander Jon Lester starting for Chicago.
Panik is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Panik started the last nine contests and has a .297/.333/.351 slash line in that stretch, but he'll head to the bench with left-hander Dallas Keuchel taking the mound for Atlanta. Jeff McNeil will cover the keystone in his place Sunday.
Panik went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs Sunday in the Mets' 11-5 win over the Royals.
Though he's been with the Mets for just over a week, Panik has quickly settled in as the team's primary second baseman and its No. 2 hitter versus right-handed pitching. Through nine games with New York, Panik has gone 9-for-27 with seven runs and two RBI. His time as the Mets' top option at the keystone could come to an end as soon as next weekend, however, as the team is expected to bring Jeff McNeil (hamstring) off the 10-day injured list when eligible.
Panik is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Braves, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
Panik will sit for a second straight game with another lefty in Dallas Keuchel starting for the opposition. Ruben Tejada, who was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday, is starting at second base and hitting seventh in his place.
Panik is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.
Panik will head to the bench against southpaw Max Fried. Jeff McNeil will shift to second base and Michael Conforto will shift to right field, opening up center field for Juan Lagares.
Panik is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Nationals.
Panik will get the night off with a southpaw in Patrick Corbin set to toe the rubber for the opposition. Jeff McNeil will draw the start at second base, allowing for Michael Conforto to shift to right and Juan Lagares to start in center.
Panik has agreed to a big-league contract with the Mets, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The Mets still have to clear a spot on the 25-man roster, but this is a done deal. Panik lives close to Citi Field and will have an opportunity to earn significant playing time with Robinson Cano (hamstring) possibly done for the year, so this seems like a good fit. He hit .235/.310/.317 with three home runs, four steals and a 38:36 K:BB in 388 plate appearances before the Giants cut him loose. Look for him to play every day against righties (career 100 wRC+), but possibly sit against southpaws (career 85 wRC+).
Panik could be an option for the Mets as they look to replace Robinson Cano (hamstring), Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Nothing will likely happen until Panik clears waivers Friday afternoon, but the 28-year-old is a New York native and adding him to the mix at the keystone would allow the Mets to move Jeff McNeil back to right field. Panik's .627 OPS so far this year is the worst of his career, but playing at home during a playoff race might perk up his bat. Wherever he lands, he figures to add some World Series experience to the bench of a contender.
Panik was placed on unconditional release waivers Wednesday.
Panik was a useful player for the Giants in his first few years in the league, but he's done very little lately, hitting .245/.308/.325 since the start of 2018. He'll be free to find a new organization and could wind up with a fair amount of playing time down the stretch if he finds himself in the right situation, but nothing in his recent track record suggests that he'll be a particularly interesting fantasy option.
Panik was designated for assignment by the Giants on Tuesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
After the Giants traded for Scooter Gennett at the trade deadline, it became obvious that Panik was in for a reduced role, and after failing to draw a start over the last three games, he's been booted from the 40-man. Despite batting .235 with three homers and 27 RBI over 103 contests this season for San Francisco, Panik could receive some interest while on waivers.
Panik is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.
As expected, Panik will stick in a bench role for all three games of the series in Colorado with new acquisition Scooter Gennett stepping in as the Giants' primary second baseman. Gennett could check out of the lineup on occasion when the Giants oppose left-handed starting pitchers, but the righty-hitting Donovan Solono is a likelier candidate than Panik to start at the keystone in those scenarios.
Panik is expected to surrender his role as the Giants' primary second baseman to the newly acquired Scooter Gennett when San Francisco begins a three-game series in Colorado on Friday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Though Panik will handle the keystone and bat seventh Thursday in Philadelphia, he's likely just keeping the seat warm at second base while Gennett receives the day off to get acclimated to his new organization. Given that both Gennett and Panik are left-handed hitters, a platoon arrangement isn't a viable solution, potentially putting Panik's spot on the 40-man roster in jeopardy. Panik has slashed a mediocre .232/.307/.315 (68 wRC+) across 379 plate appearances this season, and his top backup at second base, Donovan Solano (117 wRC+), has outperformed him by a healthy margin.
Panik isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Panik will get the night off with a southpaw in Reynaldo Lopez slated to take the mound for Philadelphia. Donovan Solano draws the start at second base and will lead off with Panik out of the equation.
Panik is not in the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Padres, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
Panik will head to the bench for the third time in the last four games with southpaw Adrian Morejon starting for the Padres. The 28-year-old is 4-for-21 in his last nine contests and appears to be losing his grip on the starting job to Donovan Solano, who starts at the keystone Sunday.
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