Toronto Blue Jays ink Joe Panik to minor league pact

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – AUGUST 22: Joe Panik #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays attempts to bunt the ball during the ninth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on August 22, 2020 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

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According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Toronto Blue Jays have resigned veteran infielder Joe Panik to a minor league deal. The reported deal will see Panik earn $1.85 million with an additional $400,000 in bonus incentives if he makes the club.

The 30-year old spent last season with the Blue Jays hitting .225/.340/.300 with seven extra base hits including a homer in 41 games. Panik once again provides a lefty bat off the bench while having the ability to play multiple positions. In 2020, Panik played shortstop, second and the hot corner for skipper Charlie Montoyo.

The veteran has seven MLB seasons under his belt with the San Francisco Giants, New York Mets and Blue Jays slashing .269/.334/.380 with a 7.4 WAR in 723 career games. This is the second consecutive season that Panik has agreed to a minor league contract with the Jays.

Infielder Joe Panik and the Toronto Blue Jays are in agreement on a minor league deal, a source tells ESPN. If he makes the team, he’ll have a base salary of $1.85 million…

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