Shaw signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers on Tuesday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. The 30-year-old will rejoin the Brewers after spending a year with the Blue Jays, and he'll earn $1.5 million if he cracks the big-league roster, plus another potential $1.5 million in incentives. He can opt out of the deal if not on the major-league roster March 15. Shaw had an .844 OPS and 63 homers over his first two seasons in Milwaukee, but he was let go after posting a .551 OPS and 33.0 percent strikeout rate in 2019. Luis Urias is the current favorite for the starting job at third base, but Shaw should be in the competition given Urias has yet to establish himself in the big leagues.
Shaw was non-tendered by the Blue Jays on Wednesday. He bounced back slightly from the .157/.281/.270 line he logged with Milwaukee in 2019, hitting .239/.306/.411 in his lone year with Toronto. However, it wasn't enough of a rebound for the Jays to pay him in arbitration. Vladimir Guerrero and Rowdy Tellez look like the clear first baseman and designated hitter of the future for the Blue Jays.
Shaw will sit for Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series against the Rays. Shaw sits with southpaw Blake Snell starting for the Rays. Cavan Biggio slides over to third base in his absence, with Jonathan Villar starting at second base.
Shaw went 3-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in Friday's 10-5 win over the Orioles. He almost added another run to his ledger but got thrown out at home during the third inning, when the Jays already had a 7-0 lead. On the season, Shaw is hitting .245 with six homers, 17 RBI and 17 runs through 48 games.
Shaw isn't in the lineup Thursday against the Yankees. With left-hander Jordan Montgomery on the mound for the Yankees on Thursday, Shaw will take a seat. Cavan Biggio will shift to third base with Jonathan Villar starting at second.