Signed to a minor league deal in the offseason, Shaw had his contract selected by the Brewers in March. That contract came with a guarantee of $1.5MM. He appeared in 56 games, splitting his time between first and third base, before going on the IL with a dislocated shoulder, producing a disappointing line of .191/.279/.337, a wRC+ of 68. Since that time, the club has shored up its corner infield with the acquisitions of Rowdy Tellez and Eduardo Escobar, both of whom have been excellent since joining the Brew Crew. It seems that this has left Shaw, who began a rehab assignment July 27th, the odd man out.
This marks yet another downturn in Shaw’s seesaw career. After coming to Milwaukee in a trade with the Red Sox, Shaw was incredible for his first two years with the Brewers, hitting over 30 home runs in both 2017 and 2018, producing a combined line of .258/.347/.497 with a wRC+ of 120. However, 2019 went completely in the opposite direction, a miserable .157/.281/.270 campaign, wRC+ of 48, that caused the team to opt for not tendering him a contract for 2020. The Blue Jays picked him up and saw Shaw rebound slightly to a line of .239/.306/.411 and a wRC+ of 92. Unfortunately, the return to Milwaukee resulted in his production turning downwards yet again.
Shaw will now almost certainly clear waivers and become a free agent. He is still owed about $400K of the $1.5MM on his contract. Any team that signs Shaw would only have to pay him the prorated league minimum, with the Brewers on the hook for the rest.