Skip to content

Giants bring back Travis Ishikawa

Apr 25, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

Travis Ishikawa Getty Getty Images

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

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. D. Wright (2913)
  2. D. Span (2479)
  3. G. Stanton (2391)
  4. J. Fernandez (2382)
  5. G. Springer (2313)
  1. Y. Puig (2209)
  2. F. Rodney (2182)
  3. M. Teixeira (2119)
  4. G. Perkins (2036)
  5. H. Olivera (1891)