Joe Panik

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Mets Sign Joe Panik To Major League Deal

August 09, 2019 - 2:53 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The Mets seem to have found a replacement for Robinson Cano following his potentially season-ending hamstring injury.

On Friday, the team announced it had signed free agent infielder Joe Panik.

Panik, 28, was an All-Star in 2015 with the San Francisco Giants and helped the team win the World Series in 2014. He later earned a Gold Glove at second base in 2016.

He was designated by the Giants on Tuesday after the team acquired Scooter Gennett at the MLB trade deadline. The Mets will now designate infielder Adeiny Hechavarría for assignment.

The veteran second baseman grew up in Yonkers and attended St. John's University. The 6-1, 200-pounder was selected by San Francisco in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

According to a press release from the team, Panik has hit .271 with 288 runs scored, 117 doubles, 18 triples, 36 home runs, 221 RBI and a .334 OBP over six major league seasons with the Giants. He had 33 runs scored, 17 doubles, three homers and 27 RBI in 103 games with San Francisco this season.

He was now be the eighth St. John’s player to appear with the Mets.