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Braves Playing Hardball in Dansby Swanson Free Agency Negotiations

Tyler Maher
The Atlanta Braves are playing hardball in their free agency negotiations with Dansby Swanson.
The Atlanta Braves are playing hardball in their free agency negotiations with Dansby Swanson. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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This winter's MLB free agent class is rife with talent at shortstop considering Xander Bogaerts, Trea Turner, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson are all on the market.

Free agency officially opens on Thursday and all 30 MLB teams are free to begin negotiating with available players. That means the Atlanta Braves will have some competition for Swanson, who they apparently low-balled with their opening offer.

Dansby Swanson Free Agency Rumors

In a column for the New York Post, MLB insider Jon Heyman reported that Atlanta made an initial offer of six years and $100 million to Swanson, who responded with a counter-offer. Those figures are well below the industry projections for Swanson, who is expected to receive a contract close to six years and $150 million.

Swanson has emerged as one of the best shortstops in baseball over the past several years. The 28-year-old was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner in 2022 while batting .277/.329/.447 with 25 home runs, 96 RBIs and 18 stolen bases, producing 5.7 WAR according to Baseball-Reference.

While the Braves have had great success locking up their players before free agency, they've had less luck retaining them once they reach the open market. That was evident last year when they let franchise icon Freddie Freeman slip away to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

If Atlanta wants to avoid the same fate with Swanson, it will need to up its offer considerably.

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