Bryan Shaw, RP, Cleveland Indians
There was one point in the season where it seemed like maybe Bryan Shaw was back to his old ways, holding down the seventh inning for the Tribe. That didn’t last long and the question now is if Shaw will even make it to the end of the season in Cleveland.
The bullpen as a whole has started to struggle of late and that could be attributed to the high usage over the last few months when the starting pitching was up in the air. Being that Shaw is on a one-year deal and will be 34-years old heading into next season, odds are he won’t be part of the club’s future plans.
The month of August has been a bit better for Shaw, but when he gets hit, he gets hit hard. He most recently gave up three runs on three hits in just an inning of work. While those outings happen, they should be limited and Shaw hasn’t exactly done that.
For the purpose of a veteran presence, Shaw has some value. However, for a team that is trending younger and younger, bringing Shaw back doesn’t make sense. He hasn’t proved to be valuable enough to offer a contract and his role next year should be given to an up-and-comer like Nick Sandlin.