Travis Snider and Travis Ishikawa Both Elect Free Agency

By Jason Shetler

Both Travis Snider and Travis Ishikawa have decided to become free agents, this according to John Dreker of Pirates Prospects. 

Snider had good numbers for the Pirates in 2014, which prompted them to sell high on him last offseason. The Pirates dealt Snider to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for pitchers Stephen Tarpley and Steven Brault, who both pitched very well this year. Snider meanwhile regressed in Baltimore, as he batted .237 with a .659 OPS before getting released in mid-August. The Pirates brought back Snider on a minor league deal. He joined them as a September call up, but didn’t do much, hitting just .192 along with a .699 OPS. Snider was expected to be non-tendered, as the Pirates would had to pay him more than the $2.1 million he made this year. 

Ishikawa began the 2014 season as the Pirates first baseman, but was shortly designated for assignment in mid-April when Ike Davis was acquired from the New York Mets. After playing a significant role in the Giants World Series championship, Ishikawa returned to San Francisco to begin this season. He was DFA’d by them in early July. Just like Snider, Ishikawa was brought back for his second tour of duty with the Pirates. He only hit .224 with a .646 OPS, and got virtually no playing time in September. Ishikawa would have been given a non-tender this offseason. 


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