This morning, the Toronto Blue Jays and free agent infielder Travis Shaw agreed to a 1 year contract worth $4 million (with incentives).
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Shaw was non-tendered by the Brewers earlier this month and is coming off a season he would like to forget. After looking like an everyday player with the Brewers following a trade from the Red Sox, he would finish his 3rd season with a career low slash line .157/.281/.270 (47 wRC+). In a season of many lows which included him being demoted in late June, there were some positives. After his demotion he would go on to slash .286/.437/.586 at the triple-A level which opened some eyes. Prior to this 2019 season from 2017-2018, Shaw combined for a .258/.347/.497 line (119 wRC+) to go with a WAR of 3.5 and 3.6 while playing nearly every day at third base for the Brewers.
Overall this is a great signing for the Jays. Even though this doesn’t look amazing on the surface, signing a 29 year old coming off a career worst season, you have to consider that Shaw can play all over the infield and hit for power (31 in ’17/ 32 in ’18), plus they signed him on a cheap deal. It’s worth the risk, seeing as he has the potential to be an everyday player for the Jays in 2020.
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