Boston Red Sox Regret Trading Travis Shaw
With the Boston Red Sox now playing the Milwaukee Brewers the question of weather or not the team regrets trading Travis Shaw comes into play.
Boston traded the infielder this past offseason in exchange for reliever Tyler Thornburg in the attempt to bolster their bullpen. At the time the trade occurred hours before Dave Dombrowski traded for Chris Sale, leaving the Shaw trade to get little attention. With Shaw being a third/first baseman the depth at the time of the trade had the third base depth thin with Pablo Sandoval, Brock Holt, Marco Hernandez, and Josh Rutledge being the prime candidates to receive playing time.
Over the course of the first 30 games of the season the depth that had been part of the team fell apart around the team. Hernandez, Holt, Sandoval, and Rutledge have all fallen on the DL at some point this season and when healthy have lacked defensive and offensive production. With the depth falling apart the team called up Deven Marrero from Pawtucket who defensively is great, but on offensive he has never figured it out at the AAA or MLB level.
On the first base side Mooreland has been serviceable, Ramirez has been unable to play first base with a lingering shoulder injury, and Selsky has been delegated back to AAA-Pawtucket.
With the corner infield depth thin and the third base production low it is fair to look at the Shaw trade as a failure as of right now. Shaw has been driving the ball for the Brewers with 7 home-runs .265 avg in 117 at-bats and has been hitting clean up. Shaw has played 29-games at third with a .947 fielding percentage.
Thornburg on the other hand has been injured and was placed on the 60-day-dl by Boston and has yet to pitch in a regular season game. Shaw wasn’t the only player sent to Milwaukee for Thornburg with Boston sending Josh Pennington (DL) and Maurcio Dubon (.276 AVG in AA).
As of right now the Brewers look like they hit a home-run in landing Shaw and moving Thornburg. Boston on the other hand is struggling to find an everyday third-basemen. Fortunately for Boston they have two prospects that can give fans hope, those two prospects are Sam Travis (1B) and Rafael Devers (3B).
Thornburg who is 28-years-old has two years of arbitration following this season allowing him to help the Red Sox win the trade. For Shaw he might continue his success for the Brewers, but for Dombrowski the jury is still out on this trade.