According to Rob Longley of The Toronto Sun, the Blue Jays have signed former San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league spring training. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet confirmed Longley’s report minutes later.
Panik, 29, has spent the majority of his career with San Francisco before being released in August 2019 and signing with the New York Mets. In 2019, he posted an OPS of .651 in 438 at-bats.
Per a source Jays have signed second baseman Joe Panik to a minor league deal with an invitation to the main camp.
— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) January 18, 2020
In 682 career games, the Yonkers, New York native carries a cumulative slash line of .271/.334.384 with 38 home runs, 233 RBI, and 121 doubles. In addition, he won a Gold Glove Award in 2016 and was a member of the National League All-Star team in 2015. In a rather logical comparison, Andrew Stoeten of The Athletic called the signing a “Sogard type move”. Stoeten also adds that Panik played just under 10 innings of first base in 2018, seemingly eliminating any possibility that Panik will play first should he make the team.
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