The Mets don’t have an everyday answer to replace second baseman Robinson Cano, who’s out indefinitely with a torn left hamstring, which is why Joe Panik being designated for assignment by the Giants could be a factor for them.
Panik, the Long Island native and former St. John’s star, hitting .235 with just three homers, but the second baseman might be worth consideration.
Sources said the Mets hadn’t yet made a decision on whether to take a serious look at the 28-year-old, who was cut loose by the Giants after they traded for the Reds’ Scooter Gennett.
Panik is making $3.8 million and players on waivers no longer are eligible to be traded this month. He either can be claimed, with the team that gets him picking up his salary or clear waivers and be released — and eligible to be signed as a free agent.
Personally, I was hoping for a reunion with Asdrubal Cabrera, but the Nationals have already signed him. Now with Robinson Cano most likely out for the rest of the season, Panik (or even Ruben Tejada, who’s currently tearing it up in the minors) could make the sense to play 2nd base for the rest of the year.