Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen, the MLB is having its annual Winter Meetings in San Diego this week, and many things can happen during or after the meetings transpire.
All top shortstops remain free agents, and even though teams have emerged as favorites for each player, nothing is set in stone.
One of those top free-agent shortstops on the market is Atlanta Braves Dansby Swanson.
According to the Athletic, if the Braves can’t work out a deal for Swanson, don’t rule out the Dodgers as a possibility for the Georgia native.
“The only questions, then, are where Swanson will land, and for how much. The Braves are his hometown team, the team that acquired him while he was still in the minors, his first choice. Swanson is represented by Excel Sports Management, the same agency Freddie Freeman used when he went through his messy breakup with the Braves. The difference is, Swanson is more emotionally prepared to leave Atlanta, if necessary.”
“So, let’s play this out. Let’s say the Braves decline to meet Swanson’s price, while Correa signs with the Giants, Turner the Phillies, Bogaerts the Red Sox. At minimum, the Cubs and Twins would be in play for Swanson. The Dodgers could seek to reunite him with Freeman on a shorter deal. Perry Minasian, previously with the Braves, could pursue him for the Angels. Other teams also might emerge.”
A Dansby-Freddie reunion in L.A. would be great to see for Dodger fans. They were teammates in Atlanta for six seasons and won their first championship together in 2021.
Not only that, but Freddie’s son, Charlie, would be happy to see Swanson at Chavez Ravine again, but this time for good.
Freddie Freeman’s son, Charlie, spotted Dansby Swanson and ran straight to him ??
— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) April 19, 2022
Swanson had a tremendous 2022 season. He earned his first-ever All-Star selection as he slashed .277/.329/.447 with a .776 OPS while hitting 25 home runs and a career-high 96 RBIs.
I don’t believe the same situation will happen to Dansby compared to Freeman’s fallout with the agency. If Swanson were to leave Atlanta, it would be because he wants to find a new home, not because of a miscommunication between the team and the players’ agency.
Swanson realizes that, and I will assume Excel Sports Management learned from its mistake with Freddie.
Last season, Freddie broke things off between him and Excel Sports Management as he announced he would be self-represented. There was speculation that Freeman made the decision because of miscommunication between the Braves, his agency, and himself during his free agency talks.
Things could happen fast in the sports world, and you could never count out the Dodgers when acquiring big-name free agents.
We’ll keep a close eye on Swanson’s free agency status.
Would you like to see Dansby in Dodger blue, Dodger fans?