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Yankees claim 1B Travis Ishikawa from Orioles

Jul 7, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

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Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Yankees have claimed first baseman Travis Ishikawa off waivers from the Orioles. Kevin Youkilis (back) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move to clear a 40-man roster spot.

Ishikawa will meet up with the Yankees on Monday in New York and could see semi-regular action at first base, where Lyle Overbay and his .714 OPS (93 OPS+) have been starting. Ishikawa was batting .316/.413/.525 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 49 games this season at Triple-A Norfolk before the O’s called him up on June 18. He was designated for assignment on June 29.

  1. rockthered1286 - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Yardbirds couldn’t find a trade partner and were worried this would happen. That said, Ishikawa was given a few weeks to make it work and his bat was non existent. Not a terrible loss to a division rival.

  2. roseann894 - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    He’d better police up that facial hair, pronto.

  3. pisano - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Why is Gods name would they want this guy? they have plenty of guys on that team that can’t hit, why add one more?

  4. straightouttavtown - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    There are plenty of better players in the minor league or free agency. How about kicking the tires on some forgotten quad-a players like Dallas McPherson, Josh Fields, Mike Jacobs, Kila Ka’aihue or considering bringing back/signing Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreu, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, Troy Glaus? All of them could be better than Vernon Wells, Overbay, Almonte, David Adams, and Luis Cruz.

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