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Travis Shaw says return to Boston Red Sox 'makes sense on paper'

Travis Shaw says return to Boston Red Sox 'makes sense on paper'

After being non-tendered by the Milwaukee Brewers, could a return to the Boston Red Sox be in order for Travis Shaw?

With Mitch Moreland hitting free agency, the Red Sox should be in the market for a left-handed-hitting first baseman. That makes Shaw an obvious fit, and the 29-year-old agrees a reunion with Boston would make sense.

Shaw discussed the situation with Rob Bradford on WEEI's Bradfo Sho podcast

"I got non-tendered this week. It was kind of a hard decision. The Brewers did offer me but I decided I kind of wanted a fresh start and was willing to risk to see what was out there free agent-wise," Shaw told Bradford. "Just wanted a fresh start after everything that happened last year. Like you said, [signing with the Red Sox] makes sense on paper now we’ll see with who else call or what other teams call. That’s kind of what we’re sorting through now. We’ve had quite a bit of interest so far over this week which is an encouraging sign for me. We’ll just go from there."

Before the 2017 season, the Red Sox traded Shaw to the Brewers in the deal that brought reliever Tyler Thornburg to Boston. In his first two years with Milwaukee, Shaw was an integral part of the offense with 30+ home runs and an OPS well above .800. Last season, however, Shaw missed some time with a wrist injury and saw his production dip significantly.

Assuming Shaw can return to the type of player we saw in '17 and '18, he makes for an intriguing option for Boston in free agency. Along with his potential at the plate, Shaw brings versatility to the table as he can adequately play multiple positions.

Right-handed sluggers Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec currently are the Red Sox' options at first base. Chavis was solid in his 2019 rookie campaign, and Dalbec enters 2020 as one of the organization's top prospects.

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MLB Trade Deadline: Rays upgrade offense in Jesus Aguilar trade

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MLB Trade Deadline: Rays upgrade offense in Jesus Aguilar trade

With only one trade deadline this season, the time is now for MLB contenders to upgrade their rosters — and one of the Red Sox's biggest rivals in the wild card race did just that Wednesday afternoon.

The Rays have acquired first baseman Jesus Aguilar in a trade with the Brewers, reportedly sending right-handed pitcher Jake Faria to Milwaukee.

Aguilar broke out in a big way last season, when was an All-Star for the Brewers. He participated in the Home Run Derby and finished with 35 home runs and 108 RBI in 149 games. But he hasn't been able to sustain that success in 2019, as he's hitting just .225 with eight homers in 94 games — although he's picked it up recently, with a .921 OPS this month.

As for Faria, the 26-year-old has only made seven appearances in the majors this season after shifting from the starting rotation, where he made 26 starts over the last two years. 

Tampa enters play Wednesday with a 61-48 record, 7½ games behind the Yankees and 1½ games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East. The Rays are also just one-half game out of the second wild card spot in a crowded American League field.

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MLB rumors: Brewers talking to former Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel

MLB rumors: Brewers talking to former Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel

We're just over one week away from Opening Day, and Craig Kimbrel somehow remains unsigned.

But finally, there appears to be a team showing interest in the former Red Sox closer. That team is the Brewers, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

If he indeed heads to Milwaukee, Kimbrel would join an already-scary bullpen that includes Corey Knebel, Josh Hader, and Jeremy Jeffress.

Earlier this month, the Nationals and Braves were said to have interest in Kimbrel. But a recent report stated both teams are no longer "in" on the hard-throwing right-hander. Kimbrel's former Red Sox teammate Brock Holt said the free-agent closer had not received any offers as of last month.

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