On the field, he had the best season of his career. In a decade year, Swanson hauled 0.27/.329/.447 with 25 homers, good for .776 OPS to go along with 18 stolen bags. He earned All-Star and Gold Glove honors for the first time in his career. And it couldn’t have come at a better time for Swanson as he is intent on testing free agency for the first time.
Looking to make money, he will be looking to get well paid. However, it will be up to Alex Anthopoulos and the Braves front office to sort out the numbers and project Swanson’s future. Was the 2022 campaign a flash in the middle? Or is this what the Braves can expect from Swanson? There are definitely some concerns about him being awarded a $25+ million a year deal. And Mark Feinsand of MLB.com did an excellent job of highlighting the “buyer beware” aspects of Swanson’s game.
Swanson would represent an upgrade to almost any lineup, but a team that signs him must be prepared to watch him swing and miss frequently. Swanson’s strikeout percentage was in the bottom 20 percent in 2022, while his strikeout percentage was in the bottom 15 percent of MLB Swanson’s strike rate has been in the lowest 40 percent of key points every year of his career, consistently worse than the league average.”
He’s one of the most complex hitters in all of baseball, and if the Braves are okay with that, I expect them to hand him a huge contract. After all, with the rotation ban in place next season, there will be a premium on defence. Dansby Swanson is arguably the best defensive shortstop in baseball. Depending on where AA wants to put value, Swanson could be a favorite to fill the shortstop void. He may also believe that the offensive upgrade with the signing of Trea Turner outweighs Swanson’s defensive value.
The Braves have said on multiple occasions that the team will be in the top five in pay, and there’s no way they’ll get there without spending big on the shortstop this winter. It may not be Swanson, but it will be a standout player. There are hundreds of things to consider when discussing a potential deal coming to fruition. Any one of them could lead to both sides parting, as we saw last season with Freddie Freeman