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Travis Shaw Signs With Blue Jays

Travis Shaw
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Travis Shaw | Joe Robbins/Getty Images

After the worst season of his career in 2019, slugging infielder Travis Shaw is headed to Canada to prove he still has his power stroke.

Shaw has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays after spending the last three seasons as a Milwaukee Brewer.

Shaw will likely play first base, as Justin Smoak signed with Milwaukee and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is manning the hot corner.

Shaw was traded to Milwaukee from the Boston Red Sox along with prospect Mauricio Dubon in exchange for reliever Tyler Thornburg. Shaw was an instant success in Miller Park, hitting 63 home runs over his first two seasons as a Brewer.

In 2019, however, Shaw was under the Mendoza line at .157 with just seven home runs in 86 games. The continued excellent play of Mike Moustakas and the emergence of top prospect Keston Hiura took away almost all his playing time, which led to a demotion to Triple-A.

Shaw's last year in Milwaukee was nothing short of a disgrace, but he is still one of the most powerful corner infielders in the game when he is locked in at the plate. Maybe he can rebuild his value north of the border.