Alex Anthopoulos talks about re-signing Dansby Swanson

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An electric Braves season came to an abrupt halt this weekend, as they fell in humiliating fashion to the Philadelphia Phillies. It was the worst the Braves played all season, and it couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time… but that’s baseball. It will take awhile for the fans to get over, but the general manager doesn’t have that luxury. He’s already looking towards next season, and his most significant decision of the offseason is Dansby Swanson, who will be an unrestricted free agency.

In his post-season interview, Alex Anthopoulos was asked several questions regarding the All-Star shortstop’s future with the team. Of course, he couldn’t reveal too much, but he did make it clear how much the club values Swanson and his leadership.

Anthopoulos also added that what has been reported regarding the negotiations between the Braves and Swanson have been true.

The reports he is talking about suggested the two sides have been working and exchanging numbers on a new contract. Nothing has come to fruition yet, but it appears both sides would like to get a deal done.

It all sounds promising, but after what happened with Freddie Freeman a year ago, I’ll believe it when I see it. Dansby Swanson will be courted by every team in need of a middle infielder, and he’s likely to fetch a contract around $150-200 million. I’m not sure the Braves are going to be willing to match that figure, but there aren’t many other options available if they don’t want to pay top dollar.

My gut tells me the Braves and Dansby Swanson agree on a number, but my gut has been wrong before.

 

Photo: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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