The New York Yankees have claimed first baseman Travis Ishikawa off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles, according to a tweet from Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Ishikawa was designated for assignment on June 29th and was expected to be lost via waivers or trade.
After signing a minor league deal with Baltimore in December, Ishikawa got off to a hot start with Triple-A Norfolk, hitting .316 with 7 HR and 31 RBI in 49 games. He had a mid-June opt-out clause in his contract, and was expected to be pursued for major league opportunities before the Orioles purchased his contract and added him to the 25-man roster. He struggled in six games of major league action, hitting 2-for-17 with an RBI. When the team needed 40-man roster space to add Jair Jurrjens at the end of June, Ishikawa was the odd man out.
While making the decision to hold onto Ishikawa instead of letting him opt out, the O's knew that the Yankees would likely pick him up if he was available on waivers or the free agent market, according to MASN's Roch Kubatko. The 29-year old will join Lyle Overbay at first base for the Bronx Bombers, helping fill the hole left by Mark Teixeira's season-ending wrist injury.