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Giants, Ishikawa agree on minor league contract

He will return to the bay where he has seen the better summers of his career.

Rob Tringali

After the Pirates brought in Ike Davis on a trade with the New York Mets, Travis Ishikawa was outrighted from the Pittsburgh roster. Instead of choosing to accept an assignment to Triple A, Ishikawa elected to become a free agent.

In doing so, it opened up space for him to return to the organization where he spent the first six seasons of his career.

The San Francisco Giants and Ishikawa agreed on a minor league contract, and he will report to Triple-A Fresno pending a physical. For his career with the Giants, Ishikawa was a .265/.327/.400 hitter over parts of four seasons, playing a majority of his time in 2009 and 2010.

For the 2014 season, he was hitting .206/.263/.382 with one home run and three runs batted in across 38 plate appearances.

For the Giants, Ishikawa represents system depth and a platoon option (career .259/.326/.407 against RHPs) behind Brandon Belt. He could also fill in as a spot starter and defensive replacement. The structure of the deal is such that Ishikawa can opt out if he is not put on the 25-man roster.