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Milwaukee Brewers to add Travis Shaw to 40-man roster

The two sides agree that he will be a part of the Brewers’ Opening Day roster

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago White Sox Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It is really no surprise, but the Milwaukee Brewers indicated that they would like Travis Shaw to be a part of the team’s Opening Day roster. In return, Shaw exercised his right to be added to the roster.

Shaw is slated to make $1.5 million with another $1.5 million in incentives. To keep Shaw on the roster, the Brewers will have to clear a 40-man spot.

Shaw will likely see a lot of time at third base for the Brew Crew this season, although he has logged time at both second and first. As most of you remember, Travis Shaw was once thought to be a cornerstone piece of Milwaukee’s lineup, hitting over 30 home runs in both 2017 and 2018. Unfortunately, he derailed in 2019 with a type of slash line that jeopardizes a career: .157/.281/.270.

Shaw did rebound in 2020 with the Toronto Blue Jays. Across 180 plate appearances, he slashed .239/.306/.411. Even more encouraging was his September where he looked like 2017-2018 Travis Shaw. During that month, he slashed .270/.321/.500. With exit velocity and hard hit percentage over the 75th percentile, Shaw is a real good bet to rebound in a much bigger way in 2021.

Baseball statistics courtesy of Fangraphs and Baseball Savant