The Braves’ chances of keeping Dansby Swanson plummeted

Atlanta Braves fans should be concerned after this latest update regarding negotiations with free agent shortstop Dansby Swanson.

The proverbial MLB Hot Stove has boiled over a bit with some signings and deals all over the league. When it comes to free agency, there are four shortstops who are expected to be paid well, one of which is Dansby Swanson of the Atlanta Braves.

As for the prospects for Swanson’s return, it doesn’t look good, Braves fans.

David O’Brien from The Athletic, h/t MLB.comoffered a less-than-optimistic update on the Braves-Swanson front, saying he feels less confident that the team will in fact be able to re-sign him, despite their interest.

“I went from 70 to probably 30, I thought Dansby would come back even as it went on, but then when I got to the Freddie Freeman stage, they let him get on the open market, I got a lot less optimistic,” O’Brien said Wednesday on the MLB Network. “I’m probably under 50-50 now that he’s back, because I think if he was they would have done it.” [already].

“I think they will wait to see the market [is], if he goes back where they feel comfortable paying him, but I don’t think Dansby will go. I think his market is a lot bigger than Freddy’s… He may have priced himself out of Atlanta with the season he’s had.”

The Braves’ prospects of re-signing Dansby Swanson don’t look good

This wasn’t what Braves fans wanted to hear, especially after the epic they had last year with Freddie Freeman. For those who forgot, the Braves and the Freemans could not come to an agreement, and the two sides went their separate ways. Atlanta brought in Matt Olson and signed him to a long-term contract, while Freeman joined the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Swanson has interest from other teams, and the Braves seem fine to go with Orlando Arcia or Von Grissom to replace him if necessary.

John Heyman of the New York Post noted in one of his recent columns That the Braves offered Swanson a $100 million contract, but the shortstop man faced an offer of his own. At the time, Heymann noted, only one person on the gritty side of things expressed pessimism about the negotiations.

This season, Swanson posted a .277 batting average, .329 on-base percentage, .447 slugging percentage, 25 home runs, 96 RBI, and 177 hits. Swanson was selected to the All-Star Game, and won his first Gold Glove Award.

There is still time to change things. After all, the San Diego Winter Meetings are held Sunday, December 4th through Wednesday, December 7th.

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