Red Sox bring back old friend Travis Shaw

We know as Red Sox fans that the MLB trade deadline was well…underwhelming. Heck, some of are even saying the Red Sox might have even botched the trade deadline. But did the Red Sox botch their latest transaction? Well, we certainly hope not! The Red Sox brought back old friend Travis Shaw on Sunday as they claimed him off of waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. Shaw was hitting .191 with six homeruns in 56 games this season.

What Happens with Bobby Dalbec?

We know that Bobby Dalbec has had an adventurous year to say the least. Dalbec has been hitting barely above .200 for the whole season. Plus, the strikeout numbers are very concerning. So could this mean that the Red Sox could be having a platoon again at first base? I mean think about it. Marwin Gonzalez was DFA the other day. It seems like Kyle Schwarber won’t be playing a lot of first base anytime soon. So why did the Red Sox go get Travis Shaw if Bobby Dalbec has been hot lately? I think it’s because the Red Sox know that Bobby Dalbec can’t be their only option at first base come playoff time!

The End of Franchy Cordero?

Franchy Cordero was sent down to Worcester once this season. It’s very possible it could happen again. If the Red Sox stick with Dalbec and with Shaw now in the fold, where will Franchy get playing time? Schwarber and JD Martinez will switch between OF and DH, so Franchy isn’t needed there. So this could be the end of Franchy Cordero in Boston. If it is, well…it was a flat out failure. Plain and simple!

In Conclusion

The “Mayor of Ding-Dong City” is back! Will he be productive? Who knows. But I’m willing to bet that he could have a few big moments for this Red Sox team if he can re-find that swing he once had here in Boston. So welcome back Travis Shaw and let’s hope he can help with the first base issue a bit!

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