Every Single 2020 Free Agent the Blue Jays could be Interested in
The Blue Jays could just reunite with Joe Panik instead of going after a different depth piece. Panik is familiar with the organization, team and coaching staff, which goes the other way as well.
With the Blue Jays, Panik slashed .225/.340/.300 with 27 hits as well as the same number of strikeouts in 41 games. Striking out more or just as much as the amount of hits he got is rare for Panik, as he’s one of the better players at getting the ball to his bat across the league.
Each season prior to this year, he got a significant amount of hits compared to the times he went down on strikes. In his career, he has 684 hits compared to whiffing just 280 times.
While defence was a problem for the Blue Jays this season, Panik was not part of it as he played quite clean in the field. He had a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 at third base (12 games) and shortstop (14 games) while making one error in 18 games at second base.
Prior to coming to play for the Blue Jays, Panik strictly played second base in the major leagues but expanded his versatility playing for Canada’s team. He did have experience playing shortstop in the minor leagues and the Blue Jays allowed him to showcase his skills up the middle, which he rewarded the team handsomely for doing so.
A reunion between the Blue Jays and Panik shouldn’t remain out of the question.