The Yankees have discussed adding infielder Joe Panik in free agency, according to ESPN's Buster Olney, as the team is exploring ways to have more left-handed batters.
Panik, 29, played 142 games last season between the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets, batting .244/.315/.336 with 39 RBI.
He played for the Giants from 2014 to 2019, earning an All-Star appearance in 2015 and a Gold Glove Award at second base in 2016. He was designated for assignment in early August and signed with the Mets after clearing waivers.
In 103 games with the Giants last season, he batted just .235 -- a dropoff from his .271 career average. Panik turned it around with the Mets, batting .277/.333/.404 in 39 games.
The infielder is a New York native, having attended John Jay High School in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and St. John's University before the Giants selected him in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
If Panik were to join the Yankees, he'd be just their fifth true left-handed batter on the roster.