Travis Shaw

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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10 non-tendered MLB players Red Sox could consider signing

10 non-tendered MLB players Red Sox could consider signing

Now that Monday's MLB non-tender deadline has come and gone, Chaim Bloom has a chance to get creative.

With the Red Sox looking to cut payroll, the team's Chief Baseball Officer suddenly has an extra 56 free agents to consider.

The record haul of players non-tendered includes multiple All-Stars, a pair of 30-homer hitters, and two pitchers who have received Cy Young votes.

So which players could be options for Bloom as he looks to build Boston's 2020 roster? John Tomase has identified 10 options.

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Report: Thornburg refuses minor league assignment, Red Sox poised to release reliever

Report: Thornburg refuses minor league assignment, Red Sox poised to release reliever

The Red Sox appear to have had their decision on right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg made for them.

Thornburg has refused to accept a minor league assignment after completing a 30-day rehab stint for a hip injury at Triple-A Pawtucket and he's "trending toward being released," reports Rob Bradford of WEEI.com

Thornburg, 30, has struggled in the majors and on his rehab assignment with the PawSox. In 11 Triple-A appearances, he has a 12.66 ERA, with nine walks and five homers allowed. His major league ERA was 7.71 ERA in 16 appearances before going on the injured list May 24.

The Red Sox traded Travis Shaw and shortstop prospect Mauricio Dubon for Thornburg in 2016, hoping to add a set-up man. Thornburg was coming off a career year in which he recorded a 2.15 ERA for Milwaukee, but missed all of 2017 with a shoulder injury and hasn't been the same. Meanwhile, Shaw, sent to Triple-A after struggling this season, hit more than 30 home runs in 2017 and 2018. 

Dubon was called up by the Brewers for the first time on Sunday.

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