Atlanta Braves Rumors: Red Sox Interested in Dansby Swanson
Well, Atlanta Braves fans, things are looking grim when it comes to Dansby Swanson‘s potential return as some news surfaced about him today. It was reported that the Boston Red Sox are showing interest in the free agent shortstop.
It does make sense seeing as the Red Sox lost long time shortstop Xander Bogaerts to the San Diego Padres just a few days ago. They do have Trevor Story, who was brought in last off-season, presumably as a backup plan in case Bogaerts did leave. The Red Sox could choose to employ both Swanson & Story in the middle infield, which would make one of the better defensive tandems in the game.
The Red Sox reportedly made Bogaerts an offer in the range of 6 years and $162M, which is an AAV of $27M per year. Could they make a play for Swanson?
Here are three projected figures for Dansby Swanson coming into the off-season:
- Fangraphs: 6 years- $141M ($23.5M AAV)
- MLB Trade Rumors: 7 years- $154M ($22M AAV)
- Spotrac- 6 years- $148.8M ($24.8M AAV)
It is important to note that the other three big shortstops (Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, & Bogaerts) got much more guaranteed money and years than anyone predicted. Meaning Dansby’s total value may have risen a bit. However, the Red Sox could have the money to pay for him.
Swanson figures to have many suitors, with the Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs, Giants, Twins, and Braves all being linked to him in recent days. He is still on his honeymoon, however, and does not appear to be close to reaching a deal as of two days ago.
Dansby Swanson chose a great year to have a career season. He also appears to have timed it well by being the 4th of the big 4 shortstops this winter to sign a deal. He is the last prize remaining with several suitors inquiring about his services. The law of supply and demand would indicate it could earn him a little more money.
Will it be the Red Sox that pay up for Dansby Swanson? Will the Braves make a late push for their “Sheriff?” Time will soon tell.