The Braves are competing with a laundry list of clubs for Dansby Swanson‘s services. There are far more teams in need of a shortstop than there are high-quality options. At this point, Carlos Correa and Swanson are the only options left on the free agent market. With Xander Bogaerts signing for $280 million and Trea Turner signing for $300 million, Correa might actually garner somewhere in the ballpark of $400 million.
The Giants, Cardinals, Cubs, Red Sox, Braves, and Twins are the obvious clubs that need a shortstop. Those are some heavy hitters the Braves have to compete with; Chicago and St. Louis have been the most connected teams to Swanson, but add another one to the list. Minnesota reportedly views him as a backup plan shall they lose out on Correa.
Correa is obviously the prize of the shortstop free agent class, never mind Turner signing before him. He’s as deadly as a hitter and as reliable as a fielder as any shortstop in baseball. To make it even sweeter, he seemingly plays his absolute best when the lights are brightest in October. However, that means he isn’t going to be cheap. Very few teams are able/willing to give Correa the kind of money it’ll take to land him, which means all of those teams will then turn their attention to Swanson, making him quite the hot commodity.
Life without Swanson in a Braves uniform is becoming a harsh reality. Alex Anthopoulos won’t get into a bidding war for the Georgia native.
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