With Robinson Cano sidelined indefinitely due to a torn hamstring, the Mets could be looking out for some help at second base, and an intriguing name could soon hit the free agent market.
Joe Panik, a six-year veteran and one-time All-Star, was designated for assignment by the Giants on Tuesday afternoon. According to Newsday's Anthony Rieber, a team source said the Mets will 'talk about' Panik as an option if the 28-year-old does indeed hit the market.
Any player designated for assignment can be claimed off waivers by another team within seven days. If Panik goes unclaimed, he would then have the option to refuse a minor league assignment and could instead opt for free agency. If the Mets claimed him off waivers, they would be responsible to pay whatever is left on his $3.85 million contract.
Panik is a career .271 hitter, but this season he is hitting just .235 with three home runs and 27 RBI.
He does have a New York connection though, as he was born in Yonkers and was a first round draft pick out of St. John's in 2011.