Pirates' Travis Ishikawa rejects minor-league assignment Travis Ishikawa has elected to become a free agent. David Manning / USA TODAY Sports AP Apr 23, 2014 at 5:46p ET PITTSBURGH Travis Ishikawa, the Pittsburgh Pirates' opening-day first baseman, refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis and elected to become a free agent. Ishikawa was designated for assignment Friday, when the Pirates acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the New York Mets, and Ishikawa cleared waivers. The 30-year-old hit .206 with one home run in 15 games. His decision was announced Wednesday.