The MLB offseason is going to be filled with free agent rumors and surprising signings. Where the top four shortstops will land is going to be among the most followed storylines, though. One of those four shortstops is Dansby Swanson, the 28-year-old who has shined at the plate with the Atlanta Braves.
Swanson's first four seasons with the Braves were underwhelming. It was the shortened 2020 season in which he found his swing and turned into a defensive mastermind as well. He's simply taken off since that point. Let's take a look at three of the most likely free-agent destinations for Swanson.
Dansby Swanson Free Agency
3. Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies are going to be mentioned whenever a free agent shortstop is brought up after they declined Jean Segura's club option for the 2023 season. Bryson Stott is a natural second baseman and now needs a new double play partner. After a season in which Philly was criticized for their defensive woes, it would be smart to add a player that just earned a Gold Glove. Swanson logged 9 defensive runs saved above average in 2022. He also racked up at least 25 home runs and 88 RBI for the second straight season. Philly fans have seen his skills firsthand, too. Keep in mind Swanson's first career grand slam came in an away game at Citizens Bank Park in 2021.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
The idea of Swanson rejoining his former teammate Freddie Freeman in Los Angeles is certainly more realistic now than it was a few months ago. Trea Turner is a free agent and rumors continue to swirl around his desire to play on the east coast. That would leave the Dodgers without a star shortstop. Signing Swanson would fill that void considering he slashed .277/.329/.447 with 99 runs scored in 162 games played last season. The 2015 No. 1 overall pick also knows what it is like to make an impact in the postseason, winning the World Series with the Braves in 2021. Swanson would become an immediate fan favorite in LA and a key contributor toward the bottom of a stacked lineup.
1. Atlanta Braves
The Braves have been through thick and thin with Swanson, but have always stuck with him. This is a player that posted a hard-hit percentage of just 37.6% and a batting average of only .238 in 2018. They trusted him to turn it around and he did. Swanson made his first All-Star game in 2022 and is now praised for his fiery personality on the field. It's a personality that fits in well beside Ronald Acuna Jr. and Max Fried. Atlanta has already locked in its core with one long-term deal after another. Giving Swanson the money he deserves after playing in a whopping 323 regular season games over the last two seasons only makes sense. Letting an extra-base machine leave as a free agent for the second straight year would be a mess.
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