Shaw, 29, is a lefthanded hitting third baseman/second baseman who was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers in the Tyler Thornburg trade. Shaw put up two very good seasons for the Brewers in 2017-18, putting up a .258/.347/.497 slash line over that period with a cumulative 8.0 bWAR.
Shaw collapsed in 2019, however, slashing .157/.281/.270, getting demoted, and ultimately being non-tendered.
Shaw is getting $4 million plus incentives, per Morosi — less than the $6-7 million he would have been expected to get in arbitration for 2020. The Jays will be looking to see if they can get Shaw back to where he was before everything went wrong in 2019.
For the Texas Rangers, in the meantime, Shaw would have been a possible fallback option at third base, should they be unable to land one of the remaining preferred options. A Nolan Arenado trade is the dream scenario, but it seems extremely unlikely, while Josh Donaldson continues to bide his time and see if anyone is willing to guarantee him $100 million over four years. There are other lesser options for third base still potentially available — Todd Frazier, Jed Lowrie, Matt Duffy, among others — but that pool has one less choice available with Shaw going to Toronto.