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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Travis Ishikawa Designated For Assignment to Make Room for Ike Davis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Travis Ishikawa for assignment in order to make room on the 25-man roster for Ike Davis. The move was expected, as Davis is coming in to fill Ishikawa’s old role on the active roster. The Pirates already had an open spot on the 40-man roster, which Davis took. However, the DFA of Ishikawa means that the 40-man is currently at 39, with one open spot.

Ishikawa has enough service time that he could refuse an outright assignment if outrighted to Triple-A. The Pirates are currently on the hook for his $1 M salary, and that would only change if he is claimed on waivers by another team.

For more on Davis, check out my recap last night of the trade and the fallout from the deal.

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Y2JGQ2

All I have to say to Travis is….. Thank you. He filled in admirably until we could get a more “long term” solution, he did not hurt the team, and he came up with a few clutch hits early. He did exactly what we hoped, no less. I wish you well

Sean Epstein

He will be playing first base in Indy next week. Can’t imagine anyone is gonna pay him 1 million.

j1066

um no Andrew Lambo will be playing first base in Indy next week.

Sean Epstein

Lambo will obviously play some outfield now as well. The acquisition of Davis and his years of control likely eliminate the need for Lambo to play 1b all the time. They are gonna want to maximize his flexibility now as his new route to the majors may be as an extra OF. Position flexibility

S Brooks

I still think he’ll see plenty of 1B. Ishikawa is off the 40-man, so in case of an injury to Davis or Gaby, he falls behind Lambo and McGuiness as primary depth options.

Until Polanco is called up, they’ll keep playing him and Decker in the corners, and switching off between Lambo and McGuiness at 1B/DH. All four guys are on the 40-man and still have some prospect status. I think the most you’ll get out of Ishi is a spot start, late inning defense and pinch hitting. And he’ll get a million to do it.

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