Mariners’ minor league deal with Travis Ishikawa unlikely to be finalized

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Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners’ minor league deal with 1B/OF Travis Ishikawainitially reported on January 16 — is likely to fizzle out. Dutton suggests that the club’s signing of Gaby Sanchez to a minor league deal might have been a factor. Sanchez signed on the 22nd.

Ishikawa, 32, played in 44 games with the Pirates and Giants, taking only 72 trips to the plate in the majors last season, putting up a paltry .607 OPS. He spent some time on the disabled list with a lower back strain as well as 39 games in the minors.

Sanchez will compete with Jesus Montero for the right to platoon with Adam Lind at first base, Dutton notes.