Source: Red Sox have expressed interest in Travis Shaw

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The Red Sox may be looking to bring back another familiar face.

According to a source, the Sox have expressed interest in free agent infielder Travis Shaw.

The fit would be a logical one considering the team's need for a versatile infielder who can hit from the left side and play first base. Part of a role for a player like Shaw would be to complement the right-handed-hitting Bobby Dalbec at first.

The 30-year-old Shaw played in 50 games for the Blue Jays last season, finishing with a .239 batting average and .717 OPS along. The former Red Sox hit six homers (all coming against righty pitching), playing 37 games at third base and 14 at first. He has also played 41 major league games at second base.

Shaw moved on from the Red Sox organization prior to the 2017 season (via a trade for reliever Tyler Thornburg), becoming an everyday player for the Brewers. He managed outstanding seasons in both 2017 (.862 OPS, 31 homers) and 2018 (.825 OPS, 25 homers) before slumping badly in 2019.

Shaw made $4 million for the Blue Jays in 2020.

He joins a list of potential left-handed-hitting free agents who the Red Sox are exploring, with another former Sox Mitch Moreland also garnering interest according to MassLive.com.