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Giants bring back Travis Ishikawa

Apr 25, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

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First baseman Travis Ishikawa opted for free agency after being dropped by the Pirates earlier this week and now he’s found a new home, signing a minor-league deal with the Giants.

Ishikawa is returning to his original team. He was drafted by the Giants in 2002 and spent a decade in the organization, logging a bunch of time in the minors and a total of 665 plate appearances spread over brief stints in the majors.

Brandon Belt is entrenched as the Giants’ starting first baseman now and light-hitting, defensive-minded first basemen aren’t particularly great bench options, but Ishikawa could find his way back to San Francisco at some point this season.

  1. mpzz - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Can he play the outfield? If he can hit over .200, he’s a lot better than the extra outfielders we have now.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    I thought Maybe the Yankees would be in on him, since the Kelly Johnson and Scott Sizemore experiments at 1B were not particularly satisfying. I keep hoping the Yankees bring up Canzler, as I am curious about what he could do if given a real opportunity.

    Anyway, all the best to Mr. Ishikawa. If he has to go to the minors, at least he is going home.

  3. illuminancer - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    I always liked Ishi. Good to see him back in the organization…especially since he’s not in any way a threat to my boy BB9.

  4. cdatzker - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    I would give Travis Ishikawa a wonderful shot at being a pinch-hitter and reserve 1st Baseman for The Giants. Good Move for The Giants.

  5. wgward - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Too bad he cannot play 3rd base, so that the Giants can get rid of Sandoval.

  6. sisqsage - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Hopefully this move was just for extreme insurance. Trav’s a good guy, but if he gets back to the 25-man, that’s a further indictment of our minor league system re: position players. Don’t forget, he was considered a prospect in our system the same year Panda became a regular in ’09. Now Trav’s been fully recycled, which doesn’t say much for available talent down there. Belt has finally come into his own, but we all know it’s been a struggle, lacking the professional consistency of a Freddie Freeman. Lots of reasons to love Belt though. He’s on pace for a 25-homer season, and he has a good, supportive wife (checkout her last two blog entries) and a sweet dachshund mix named Lilly. You gotta like a dog named Lilly.

  7. insidefastball - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:31 PM


  8. musketmaniac - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    good pickup

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