Why Joe Panik made the Blue Jays roster?

When the 2020 MLB season will start is uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MLB has currently suspended play with no real timeframe given but reports are out there of a possible late May Opening Day.
Despite no given timeline for the start of the season, the Toronto Blue Jays did make one move already adding Joe Panik to the 40-man roster and in the corresponding roster move, pitcher Yennsy Diaz has been placed on the 60-day IL. With the veteran second baseman being added to the 40-man it most likely secures him a spot on the roster, but why did Toronto decide to bring him along despite the fact he only plays one position?
The main reason has to be his play during Spring Training. In 10 games, the 29-year-old hit a very impressive .381 batting average with a .462 OBP and a .762 slugging percentage. The veteran, who is not known for his power also belted two home runs. His bat was hot in spring which forced the Blue Jays’ hand to add him to the roster, especially due to him having a spring opt-out of his contract.
Not only was his bat hot, but given the fact Cavan Biggio has been …

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Author: Cole Shelton / Blue Jays Nation

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