Panik was a first-round draft pick of San Francisco who burst on the scene in 2014 as a midseason call-up. Panik was also taking ground balls at third base in the last several days as well.
Now in his second year of arbitration, Panik signed a one-year, $3.8-million deal prior to the season and has one year of team control remaining. Panik was designated for assignment Tuesday afternoon.
Manager Bruce Bochy said his conversation with Panik on Monday night was one of the most hard of his career and said both men "got a little emotional".
Panik had been struggling this season, hitting just.235 on 344 at-bats. It's a case where Joe is ready to look for a new opportunity and re-start his career. "He'll being playing somewhere, I'll always being pulling for Joe". He's done so many good things for us, helped us win championships here.
The Mets aren't entirely out of options yet to replace Robinson Cano.
A one-time Gold Glove victor, Panik will be eligible to be placed on waivers and can be claimed by the 29 other teams. Along the way, he made one of the most spectacular plays in World Series history with his diving stop and glove flip that led to a double play in Game 7. In 643 career games with San Francisco, he hit.271 with 36 homers and 221 RBIs.
With the acquisition of Gennett and the emergence of utility infielder Donovan Solano, Panik admitted last week that he knew his roster status was fluid. Before the 2014 season, he was the Giants' ninth-best prospect in a weak system, according to Baseball America.
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