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.
Source: the #Brewers deal with Travis Shaw is done. He had right to opt out Monday but team responded positively as expected and $1.5 M contract previously agreed upon (with another $1.5 M in incentives) goes into effect. Team has to open 40-man roster spot to announce it.— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 16, 2021
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