3. Dansby Swanson
The Braves screwed up their 2021-22 offseason in the public eye with an historically shiny Freddie Freeman PR black eye (even if they ultimately landed on Matt Olson AND an extension, which might’ve been their preference all along).
With Alex Anthopoulos’ tears in their eyes, there’s no WAY they’re doing it again next winter.
As much fun as it is to speculate about Dansby Swanson joining his old running mate Freeman in Hollywood, the deck is stacked against the Dodgers, and Swanson is the least-likely free agent shortstop target to switch places this offseason. The Braves are well aware they need to take care of business, especially with a Georgia native and lifelong fan now in the crosshairs. One of the other organizations we’re about to discuss might not be feeling the same degree of loyalty, but the Braves? Come on. Fool us once, shame on us.
Add their current finances into the conversation, and it’s clear the Braves have plenty of wiggle room here for a long-term deal. As embarrassing as it is to say out loud, Atlanta’s chintzy long-term pacts with Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuña Jr. serve them well, here, even though both deals should’ve been voided by the United States Supreme Court. Olson’s deal is significant, but the Braves should still have plenty of room to continue this marriage.