Most of Braves Country would love for the club to re-sign Dansby Swanson, and it’s probably the most likely outcome for the Braves and Swanson. The former No. 1 overall pick cut his teeth in the organization; he’s a hometown kid and has quickly become one of the best players at his position. Swanson has been described as the sheriff of the clubhouse and a winner; those intangible qualities matter to the Braves.
On the field, he just had the best season of his career. In a contract year, Swanson slashed .277/.329/.447 with 25 homers, good for a .776 OPS to go along with 18 stolen bags. He earned All-Star and Gold Glove honors for the first time in his career. And it couldn’t have happened at a better time for Swanson as he’s set to test free agency for the first time.
Looking to cash in, he’ll be looking to be paid handsomely. However, it’ll be up to Alex Anthopoulos and the Braves front office to sift through the numbers and project Swanson’s future. Was the 2022 campaign a flash in the pan? Or was that what the Braves can expect from Swanson? There are certainly some concerns about handing him a deal worth $25+ million per year. And Mark Feinsand of MLB.com did an excellent job highlighting these ‘buyer beware’ facets of Swanson’s game.