Red Sox Reuniting With Travis Shaw After Waiver Claim

The Boston Red Sox have reunited with infielder Travis Shaw after claiming him off waivers.
The Boston Red Sox have reunited with infielder Travis Shaw after claiming him off waivers. / John Fisher/Getty Images

It's a reunion in Boston as the Red Sox have claimed Travis Shaw off waivers in order to add another depth piece for a playoff run. The veteran infielder spent his first two MLB seasons in Boston before playing stints with the Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays over the last five years.

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Shaw was Boston's ninth round pick back in the 2011 MLB Draft and ended up playing in 210 games for the team in the 2015 & 2016 seasons. The 31-year-old slashed .251/.312/.442 over that span to go along with 94 runs scored, 29 home runs, 107 RBI and 5 stolen bases.

It's not too surprising to see the Red Sox take a chance on a player nicknamed by their fans as "The Mayor of Ding Dong City". He is a great backup infielder to have on the bench if he can figure out his problems at the plate. Shaw is hitting just .191 on the season with 6 home runs in 56 games played.

There's an opportunity for Shaw to get some decent playing time over at first base as starter Bobby Dalbec has proven to be a streaky player. For now, the Red Sox will need keep winning ball games as they look to make the playoffs for the first time since they won the World Series back in 2018.

Boston currently sit 2.5 games up on the New York Yankees for the second American League Wild Card spot. The Red Sox have the 11th-best odds to take home what would be the franchise's 10th Commissioner's Trophy at +2700, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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