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The Atlanta Braves are reportedly seeking to keep Dansby Swanson in the fold.
In accordance with Jon Heyman of the NY Post, the National League East team has “opened extension talks” with the shortstop before his potential free agency this offseason.
While Heyman noted Swanson is represented by exactly the same agency as Freddie Freeman, who was simply unable to arrived at terms on a cope with the Braves, he noted “there has been less whispered negativity about these talks.”
Swanson re-signing with the Braves will be a blow to teams who’ll be searching for shortstops this offseason. The chance exists that Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts and Swanson are free agents following the 2022 campaign, which may provide a lot of choices available as well as perhaps impact the players’ leverage.
The Braves may remove among those names from the list as discussions begin.
It comes as no real surprise that Atlanta would like to keep Swanson. In the end, he is in the center of his prime at 28 yrs . old and made the initial All-Star Game of his career this year after helping lead the team to a championship in 2021.
Swanson is slashing .292/.348/.455 with 16 home runs and 65 RBI this year after hitting a career-best 27 long balls this past year.
The shortstop also hit two home runs through the World Series make an impression on the Houston Astros, proving he is able to deliver in clutch moments. He might have significantly more opportunities to accomplish just that taking into consideration the Braves come in a wild-card position in the National League.
That could only help his leverage in virtually any contract discussions.