If you’re already tired of Dansby Swanson rumors, I apologize because we are just getting started. Just like last season with Freddie Freeman, new details surrounding conversations between Swanson and his potential suitors will emerge seemingly weekly. Most of it will be a whole lot of nothing, but this is one of the first nuggets revealed this offseason that carries some weight.
MLB insider Jon Heyman reported in an article late last night that the Braves offered Swanson a deal in the middle of the season that was worth around $100 million, which of course, he declined, leading to him becoming an unrestricted free agent.
The Braves made an opening offer in-season to star shortstop Dansby Swanson, and sources suggested it was in the $100 million ballpark. The friend thought Swanson, a Georgia product, preferred to stay in Atlanta. That’s probably just a start, but it sounded like there’s work to do. (Our expert’s pick was 75 percent higher).
I guess you can’t hate Alex Anthopoulos for trying. He’s consistently gotten his guys to sign below market level extensions, but it didn’t work on Swanson, who is represented by the same agency as Freddie Freeman.
I wouldn’t consider $100 million in the middle of the season a “lowball” offer, but I’m sure it made it easy for Swanson to pass up and bet on himself. That decision has now paid substantial dividends. Keith Law is one of many people that believe Dansby Swanson will earn double that this offseason, and I projected him to sign a six-year $160 million contract.
So, does this change anything in regards to the Braves interest in Dansby Swanson? I don’t think so. Prior to this season, I think $100 million would have been a more than fair offer, but after Swanson’s All-Star campaign in which he took home his first Gold Glove and was arguably the best shortstop in baseball, the Braves will have to go much deeper into their pockets to retain him.
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