On Friday, the Mets announced the signing free agent infielder Joe Panik, a move that was rather expected ever since the Giants designated him for assignment on Tuesday.
The Mets now have their replacement for second baseman Robinson Cano, who is likely out for the season with a tore hamstring he suffered in Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh. He was diagnosed with the injury on Monday, when he was also placed on the 10-day injured list.
To accommodate Panik, the Hopewell Junction, NY native who played his college ball at St. John’s, the Mets designated infielder Adeiny Hechavarría for assignment.
Panik, 28, was an All-Star in 2015 with San Francisco and helped the Giants win the World Series in 2014. He earned a Gold Glove at second base in 2016.
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.
Panik will be the eighth St. John’s player to appear with the Mets joining: LHP John Franco, LHP Frank Viola, RHP Larry Bearnarth, infielder Mike Jorgensen, LHP C.J. Nitkowski, infielder Ted Schreiber and RHP Terry Bross.