Braves News Rundown: Dansby rumors, Jesse Chavez runs it back, and more
After making moves on back to back days to end the week, the Atlanta Braves were pretty quiet on Saturday. Honestly, it was a quiet day all across baseball as there was only a couple of moves of note across the league.
However, we did get a little bit of an update on Dansby Swanson’s market in free agency. Dansby hasn’t rejected the qualifying offer yet, but barring the unforeseen, he is going to and test the market where there are going to be a number of shortstops in demand. A report came out on Saturday that the Chicago Cubs have already reached out to the top prospects in free agency, including Dansby.
Then, later in the evening, we got some great news. Jesse Chavez aka King Jesse was announced to have signed a deal to return to the Braves for the 2023 season. For lovers of his fashion and of his ability to turn back time in a Braves uniform, you love to see it.
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We kept the content train rolling on Saturday starting with a look at the long-term deals that the Braves have on the books. You won’t get any complaints from us on any of those deals, but it is fair to wonder which ones will age better than the others when trying to look into the future a bit in terms of the team’s competitive window, roster, and payroll.
We also continued our season review series with Max Fried’s incredible 2022 season. Max’s season earned him a Cy Young nomination and now has us wondering if the Braves may try to lock him up on a long-term deal, too.
Again, it was a pretty chill Saturday across baseball, but we did have one signing. Despite the fact that the Houston Astros currently don’t have a general manager because their owner thinks he can do the job better, they still managed to sign Rafael Montero to a three year deal. Montero really did well for himself in 2022 with Houston and proved to be an important high leverage reliever for the Astros especially when Ryan Pressly was dinged up during the season.