Multiple reports indicate the Mariners have reached an agreement with first baseman Travis Ishikawa on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Ishikawa was standout baseball player for Federal Way High School, leading the Eagles to the 4A state title in 2001.
The Mariners will be adding some veteran depth to their first base competition at spring training.
On Saturday multiple reports had the Mariners reaching an agreement with first baseman/outfielder Travis Ishikawa for a minor-league contract with an invitation to major-league spring training.
The Mariners would not confirm that a deal had been reached. Baseball sources have indicated that Ishikawa still has to take and pass a physical before any deal would be made official.
Ishikawa, a standout at Federal Way High School, is a veteran of eight big league seasons. After dealing with a back injury early in the 2015 season, Ishikawa appeared in six games with Giants. He was designated for assignment on July 3. The Pirates claimed Ishikawa off waivers on July 5. He appeared in 38 games, hitting .224 with three doubles, a homer and eight RBI in part-time role.
Ishikawa is a career .255 hitter with a .712 on-base plus slugging percentage. He’s considered to be an excellent defensive player at first base and also has some experience playing the corner outfield positions. His most memorable moment came in Game 5 of the 2014 National League Championship Series when he hit a three-run walk-off homer to clinch the series win over the Cardinals.
The Mariners acquired first baseman Adam Lind from the Brewers in the offseason to be their starting first baseman. Ishikawa could compete for a bench spot or provide depth at Class AAA Tacoma. He’s spent time at the Class AAA level the past four seasons.