The Pittsburgh Pirates made a decent trade yesterday with the New York Mets that would bring in first baseman Ike Davis in exchange for Zack Thorton and a player to be named later.
Now according to Rob Biertempfel on Twitter, the Pittsburgh Pirates have made the decision to designate first baseman Travis Ishikawa for assignment.
#pirates DFA Ishikawa, add Davis, who is in lineup today.
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) April 19, 2014
Biertempfel also notes that the Pirates will have the newly acquired first baseman Davis in today’s lineup. This trade pretty much made Ishikawa expendable, but he shouldn’t have a problem picking up interest from any other teams in the league. He has one home run on the season with three RBI’s with a .206/.263/.382 batting line.
With Ishikawa on his way out, the Pirates have optioned catcher Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis as they continued to make roster moves. The 25 year old has four RBI’s on a batting line of .333/.333/.389.
With Sanchez optioned to Triple-A, Pittsburgh activated catcher Chris Stewart from the 15-day disabled list. He’s returning from surgery that repaired the meniscus in his right knee. Stewart will provide some depth for Russell Martin behind the plate.