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Mets make a Panik move

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Don’t look at me like that. You know 50 other outlets are gonna run with the same headline.

Jon Heyman reports that the New York Mets are expected to sign infielder Joe Panik, late of the San Francisco Giants. He’ll be eligible to be signed, assuming he has cleared waivers. UPDATE: He has, and it’s a done deal. Panik is a Met.

Panik, though popular in San Francisco, was released by the Giants earlier this week after posting a pretty dismal .235/.310/.317 line with three home runs and 27 RBI in 388 plate appearances in 2019. Which followed a pretty similar performance in 2018. That, and the fact that he was made redundant by the Giants’ acquisition of Scooter Gennett from the Reds, was the reason for his release.

In New York Panik will fill in at second in the absence of Robinson Canó. What role, if any, he’ll have with the team once Canó comes back from the injured list would likely hinge on how he plays until then.

Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

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In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.

Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.

Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.