Earlier yesterday it was reported that there’s mutual interest between the New York Mets and recently DFA’d second baseman Joe Panik. Panik, a New York native born out of Yonkers was batting .235/.310/.317/.627 with three home runs and 27 RBI’s in 344 at-bats before his release.
The San Francisco Giants drafted Panik in the first round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft as the 29th overall pick and earned his way to the majors by 2014. He could fill an immediate hole at second base with the injury to Robinson Canó and will likely grow to a fan favorite, especially if he could produce enough for the Mets to continue to win.
The second baseman has a career slash line of .271/.334/.383/.717 with 117 doubles,18 triples, 36 home runs, 288 runs scored and 221 RBI’s in 2328 at-bats. Panik has definitely been on a decline however a change of scenery, coasts, and the fact that he could come back home may put a battery in his back.