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Source: Jays agree to minors deal with IF Panik


PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 20: Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Joe Panik (2) throws the ball to first base during the Major League Baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays on September 20, 2020 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Infielder Joe Panik and the Toronto Blue Jays are in agreement on a minor league deal, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

If Panik makes the team, he’ll have a base salary of $1.85 million and can make another $400,000 in incentives, the source said.

The 30-year-old hit .225 with one home run and seven RBIs in 120 at-bats during the pandemic-shortened season, his first with Toronto. He earned $1,055,056 in prorated pay from a $2.85 million salary. Panik will report to big league spring training.

He is a seven-year major league veteran who has a .269 average, 39 homers and 240 RBIs for San Francisco Giants (2014-19), the New York Mets (2019) and Blue Jays.

Panik was an All-Star in 2015, when he hit .312 with eight homers and 37 RBIs, and he won a Gold Glove the following year.

Toronto has been among the busiest teams on the free-agent market, agreeing to a $150 million, six-year contract with outfielder George Springer, an $18 million, one-year contract with shortstop Marcus Semien, a $5.5 million, one-year deal with right-hander Kirby Yates, a $3 million, one-year contract with right-hander Tyler Chatwood and a $1.75 million one-year contract with right-hander David Phelps.

The Blue Jays also re-signed left-hander Robbie Ray to an $8 million, one-year contract.


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