It’s Dansby Swanson or Bust for the Brave
This rumor came from Ken Rosenthal, who is without a doubt one of the most connected men in the business. So I usually take his word as a prophecy; However, this time, I’m not. I read this as more of a prediction than a report. In the past, the Braves have shown a reluctance to hand out lucrative long-term contracts, but if they’re willing to do it with Swanson, why wouldn’t they be willing to go a little further and get a superstar like Turner or DeGrum? I still view Swanson as the most likely option to start at shortstop for Atlanta next season, but if he goes, the Braves will find a way to use that money effectively.
The Braves are Jacob DeGrom’s primary suitor
This is a rumor that has been around since July, when Buster Olney reported that opposing executives see the Braves as the favorites to keep DeGrom away from the Mets in free agency. Since then, a lot of people have run with the idea, but I’d say there’s no chance of that happening. In theory, adding deGrom to the Braves would be incredible, giving them the best spin in baseball. But Atlanta doesn’t have the money to add the excellent deGrom and Shortstop. They’re not going to have the best payroll in the league, and they already have a really good rotation. At this point, adding a deGrom is a luxury, and it’s not going to happen.
The Braves target Mitch Haniger
One of the Braves’ most recent rumors is about the club and their interest in Mariners player Mitch Haniger. I don’t see any reason why this wouldn’t be true. He’s an ideal candidate for a one-year deal, the kind of contract Alex Anthopoulos likes to hand out to talented players who walk away from injury. I’d actually be shocked if Brave wasn’t interested.
Kenley Jansen is working on a deal with the Giants
Multiple sources reported that Kenley Jansen and the Giants are discussing a two-year contract that would see him return to the NL West. I don’t see the Braves matching that up, so unless he’s willing to sign a one-year deal to stay in Atlanta, it looks like his days with the Braves are over.
The Braves will have a top-five payroll in 2023
This has been said not once but on two different occasions by Brave Supreme. The first person to say it was Braves president Terry McGuirk. Then Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei doubled down on the statement last week. This should bring a tear of joy to the Atlanta fan base; However, I’m selling the idea that the Braves are a top-five payroll this season. I think that’s something we’ll definitely see in the future, but not in 2023. I hope I’m wrong, but that would be a huge jump in spending in just a year — no matter how successful The Battery has been in the Braves organization since its inception.