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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