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The scenario in which Mets could make run at Joe Panik

Welcome to Panik Citi? The Mets, eyeing a potential upgrade at second base with Robinson Cano sidelined by a torn left hamstring, have preliminary interest in Joe Panik, according to an industry source. Panik, a former St. John’s standout who grew up in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., was placed on waivers Wednesday by the Giants. If he is not claimed, he would be released Friday and free to sign elsewhere. The Mets were unlikely to claim Panik off waivers — such a move would leave them responsible for the roughly $1 million the second baseman is owed for the remainder of the season — but could get involved if he becomes a free agent, according to the source. Panik, 28, has a slash line of .235/.310/.317 with three homers and 27 RBIs. ...