The shortstop market is robust with demand, but the supply is extremely short. With Xander Bogaerts and Trea Turner off the board, clubs will compete for Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson, the former of which is the bigger prize. However, Swanson is not your usual consolation prize. He’s a piece any championship-caliber team would love to have on the roster, and with so many suitors, his price could be out of Alex Anthopoulos’ range. Most recently, the Dodgers are the latest team to show interest.
While the Cardinals and Cubs are the most publically connected teams to Swanson, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reports the Georgia native is a “possibility” for the Dodgers, which would mean a reunion with his former teammate Freddie Freeman.
Star free agent SS Dansby Swanson appears to be possibility for the Dodgers, where he could reunite with Freddie Freeman. Swanson, who married USWNT/Chicago Red Stars star Mallory Pugh Saturday, also has drawn interest from Cubs/others. Incumbent Braves remain stealthy or quiet.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 11, 2022
This offseason’s free agent saga has picked up steam recently, so I’ll recap what we know. The Cardinals, Cubs, Red Sox, Giants, Twins, and potentially a few more clubs are all searching for a shortstop, but the Cubs, Cardinals, and Twins are the teams with a direct interest in Swanson, per reports. And to make matters worse for hopeful Braves fans, there haven’t been any legitimate negotiations between the two sides this winter, which has understandably bothered Swanson. Sound familiar?
This situation is unfolding in an eerily similar way to Freddie Freeman’s free agency. Nobody should be surprised if Swanson has played his last game in a Braves uniform. It’s abundantly clear Atlanta won’t have the highest bid on the table, but that doesn’t mean Swanson won’t take less to play for his hometown team. It’s just unlikely.
The Braves are among a handful of teams vying for very few options at shortstop, which bodes well for the player. Unfortunately, things are trending toward a life without Dansby Swanson.
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