Braves News: Dansby’s market heats up, trade options for left field, more
By Eric Cole
The Atlanta Braves had a quiet day on Wednesday after a busy early part of the week. Dansby Swanson, on the other hand, seems to adding suitors by the minute. Being the last of the top shortstops on the market seemingly has the Cubs, Cardinals, Dodgers, Red Sox, and Twins potentially interested.
One rumor that didn’t get any added traction was the one where the Braves were at least listening on trade offers for Max Fried. As we wrote yesterday, trading Fried this offseason may be less than ideal for a number of reasons.
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If the Braves cannot/will not re-sign Dansby and decide to go with Vaughn Grissom (or some other cheap option) at shortstop in 2023, they will likely need to add a decent bat that can play left field to offset the loss to their offense. While the free agent market has some options, we also took the time to break down some ideas for trade targets that can play in the outfield and have some real team control left.
The Dodgers, normally a team that is decidedly not shy when it comes to signings and payroll, have been suspiciously quiet this offseason. Frankly, we can’t blame them if they don’t want to mess with this overheated free agent market right now. However, they did make an interesting move yesterday as they signed Noah Syndergaard to a one year deal. When he is healthy, Syndergaard is one of the most imposing pitchers in the league. The problem is that he has not been close to healthy for a number of seasons now.
We also had a trade yesterday although we will have to wait to see all of the details. The Brewers acquired Owen Miller from the Guardians in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. Miller can play all over the infield although Cleveland largely played him at first base last season.