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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.

Chris Archer exits start after one inning due to apparent injury

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Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.

Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.

The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.