Boston Red Sox corner infielder Travis Shaw will face his former team for the first time since the trade
When the Red Sox first had the shot to land Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox were willing to overpay for the big Panda thinking their hot corner would be solid for the next five seasons. With that being said, the Sox have had nothing but headaches at 3rd base this season. With too many options the Sox opted to move on from Travis Shaw. Shaw was sent to the Brewers along with Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington during the off season. The Sox got Tyler Thornburg in return who has yet to throw one pitch this year.
Clearly one team walked away the winners. The Sox gambled on Panda’s promising to come back healthy and ready to play. What has happened since? Panda has three home runs, 10 RBI’s, and is hitting .213 in 17 games this season. There is no timetable for his return as of yet. He has not been worth the mega contract that he received pre-2015. For 5 years and $95 million, fans were expecting and anticipating a lot more than what we’ve seen and gotten thus far.
How has Shaw performed in 2017? Well, Shaw has killed the ball. He’s had seven long balls, 24 RBI’s, and is hitting .263 in 29 games. He’s doing more than twice the damage than Pablo has done and that’s for the price of $544,400. It hurts when you think that in comparison to Sandoval’s albatross $19 million annual salary, we gave up the much better option. No way the Brewers take Sandy and that insane contract that he’s still owed through 2019.
What Sox management must have hoped was that if Sandoval did well in 2017, perhaps someone would buy the hype. So far no hype and no takers. In the meantime, Shaw will able to show Dave Dombrowski and the rest of the Red Sox that they made a big mistake, huge, in letting him go via trade. We still have nothing to evaluate from Thornburg as he’s still on the DL. Such a shame as his 2016 numbers proved lethal. That’s why they got him after all. All the Sox can do now is hope that the return is worth it.
Travis Shaw will try to relish the moment as he hopes to crack at least one out of the park. His seven home runs are still more than any player on the Sox in ’17. The Sox will play in Milwaukee for the first time since 2003. Tuesday night’s game features Drew Pomeranz (3 – 1) facing off against Wily Peralta (4 – 2).
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