Now here's an opinion I hope a lot of Red Sox fans can get on board with.
Alright, look at this scenario. The Boston Red Sox need a first baseman for the 2020 season. OK. Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce are free agents. Got it. The Red Sox aren't going to sign either one of those guys, in all likelihood. Of course. They're trying to save money.
The Milwaukee Brewers just non-tendered Travis Shaw this week. Yes, the one who played for the Red Sox. He is a free agent. He is coming off a down year where he spent time in the minors and hit below .200. But you know what? I say the Red Sox should sign him. Buy low on him and see what he can do.
Remember, Shaw is a versatile player. Not only is he a first baseman and third baseman, but he has taken reps in left field and for a time, he played some second base for the Brewers.
On top of that, he's a guy with power -- and a lot of it. He back-to-back seasons with more than 30 home runs in 2017 and 2018. To put it this way, his bat was better than Mitch Moreland's in each of those two seasons.
Plus, I think it would give us a sense of closure in that awful Tyler Thornburg deal if Shaw was a member of the Red Sox again, or at least the Red Sox organization. I do wonder what kind of a deal Boston could get him on. If it's an MiLB deal with a spring training invite, then surely they should go for it.. Heck, I'd say do the same for Jacoby Ellsbury, Blake Swihart and Robby Scott if that's all it took.
But yeah, the Red Sox need to consider Shaw because he could help the team for cheap.