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The Guardians announced on Friday that they have signed the veteran reliever to a one-year deal for the second straight season. Shaw enters his sixth season with the club as the franchise leader in relief appearances with 459.

Shaw, who was acquired by the Indians in a three-team trade from the D-backs in 2012, pitched for the team until 2017. He played for the Rockies from 2018 to 2019 and then the Mariners in 2020.

Last season, Shaw played in a Major League-high 81 games, the most in club history, breaking his previous mark of 80 games set in 2014.

While with Cleveland, he led the American League in games pitched four times and ranks seventh in MLB active players in holds with 174.

Shaw, however, may be even better in the clubhouse and in the dugout than he is on the field. He’s a leader, a mentor, and even a coach at times. A veteran presence is essential for most teams, but especially for a young club like the Guardians.

He understands what it means to be successful and how to overcome obstacles. He approaches members of the pitching staff with advice at times, and they seek him out at other times.

 Shaw, who was chosen by the D-backs in 2008, learned the significance of mentorship from seasoned Arizona pitchers like J.J. Putz, Aaron Heilman, and Takashi Saito early in his career.

What Team Does Bryan Shaw Play For?

Bryan Shaw plays for the Cleveland Guardians.