Milwaukee Brewers: Which players should get contract extensions?

Matthew Dewoskin
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 04: Travis Shaw #21 of the Milwaukee Brewers is congratulated by teammates following a grand slam against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a game at Miller Park on August 4, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 04: Travis Shaw #21 of the Milwaukee Brewers is congratulated by teammates following a grand slam against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a game at Miller Park on August 4, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Travis Shaw

Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw will earn $4.675 million after going through the arbitration process for the first time this past off season. Shaw has two years of arbitration eligibility before he reaches free agency. If he and the Brewers go year-to-year, he’ll become a free agent after his age-31 season.

Shaw has been incredibly productive for the Milwaukee Brewers since coming in a trade after the 2016 season. Shaw still has several productive years beyond 2021 yet to come, and should get a contract extension that keeps him in Milwaukee well into his 30’s.

Shaw could double his current earnings in his second year of arbitration, and go even higher from there in his final year of arbitration eligibility. The Milwaukee Brewers would be wise to offer Shaw a contract in the four- or five-year range with an average annual value of $12-to-$14 million range. Such a deal would give Shaw the financial security that he surely wouldn’t mind, keep him with the Brewers, and prevent him from hitting free agency before his age 35 season.

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