Boston Red Sox

May 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw (21) hits an RBI double during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

A one-time Red Sox fan favorite is set to return to Boston. On Sunday afternoon, the team announced they have claimed corner infielder Travis Shaw off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers.

Shaw was originally drafted by the Red Sox in 2011, and played for them in 2015 and 2016. Following an impressive start to his career, he was traded to the Brewers as part of a package deal for reliever Tyler Thornburg. He spent 2017-2019 in Milwaukee, before signing a one-year free agent deal with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2020.

Before the 2021 season, Shaw returned to the Brewers on a minor-league deal. He ended up playing 56 games in the major leagues so far this season, and was hitting .191 with six home runs and 28 RBIs before going on the 60-day IL in early June.

Now off the IL and back in Boston, Shaw gives the Red Sox much-needed organizational depth at first base. Besides Bobby Dalbec, the team has no players on the roster who have spent significant time at the position.

With Shaw joining the team, the Red Sox’s 40-man roster once again sits at 40 players. No corresponding move was announced in relation to the active 26-man roster.


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