Shaw will remain the Indians' set-up man despite recent struggles according to manager Terry Francona, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. Shaw has allowed at least one earned run in each of his last three appearances, and a home run in two of those three, ballooning his ERA to 5.68 on the year. He will continue to get hold opportunities, but he has not been sharp as of late and would only be worth a start in deep leagues.
Shaw struck out one batter while throwing a scoreless inning in Monday's victory over the White Sox. After his latest outing, Shaw's ERA continued to fall and is now at 5.21 for the 2016 campaign. The bulk of that damage came from a three game span where he gave up nine runs in just 2.1 innings. In the 17 games (15.2 innings) following, he's posted a 1.15 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. His steady improvement is promising, as Shaw is coming off his second straight season with an ERA below 3.00.
Shaw pitched a shutout inning while striking out two against Detroit on Friday. Shaw self-combusted twice this season which has led to a bloated 14.29 ERA through 5.2 innings of action. Besides those two outings, the right-hander has faired quite well, allowing two hits while striking out six in 4.1 scoreless innings. If Shaw can limit the home runs, he should be able to settle down and become a more reliable reliever, especially with a great strikeout rate early on this season.
Shaw is expected to have a regular spring training workload, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. This announcement came after the Indians felt they had been too conservative with their relievers in 2015 spring training. Shaw had a 2.95 ERA over 64 innings pitched in 2015 and is likely to remain the setup man for Cleveland in 2016.
Shaw agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million with the Indians on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. Shaw has established himself as the Indians' primary setup man in recent years, making 77 eighth inning appearances over the last two seasons. However, with Cody Allen firmly in place as the team's closer, Shaw's value is capped in leagues that don't factor for holds.