ATLANTA — As Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos met with members of the media at normal supervisor conferences on Wednesday, he was requested how Dansby Swanson’s state of affairs is likely to be totally different from what Freddie Freeman skilled eventually 12 months.
“I believe at any time when you’ve an amazing participant who’s a free agent, these guys are laborious to signal as a result of they gained proper,” Anthopoulos stated. “They put themselves in an excellent place with nice performs. So you might be glad as a membership as a result of they’re an enormous a part of the victory.”
Like Freeman final 12 months, Swanson entered the free agent market with out having talked a few contract with the Braves in latest months. The Atlanta resident made it clear that he want to proceed enjoying for his hometown staff. However for now, he would not know the place he’ll play subsequent 12 months.
Swanson considerably elevated his worth by rating eleventh amongst all MLB gamers and 2nd amongst shortstops with 6.4 fWAR this 12 months. He has hit at the very least 25 homers up to now two years and is second amongst MLB gamers and first amongst shortstops with an above-average 21 outs this 12 months.
Along with his success, Swanson has positioned himself for a deal price greater than $100 million, which may earn him $20 million a 12 months for the following 5 – 6 seasons.
“He has develop into an unimaginable participant,” Anthopoulos stated. “And for my part, he is unquestionably the most effective defensive shortstop within the sport with the work he is completed.”
Anthopoulos was additionally very appreciative of Freeman’s skills. So whereas he stays extremely complimentary and grateful for Swanson, it is nonetheless too early to know if the shortstop might be again in Atlanta to proceed his function as staff chief for the Braves.
Whereas it appears extra seemingly that the Braves will go for an outdoor choice if Swanson leaves, Anthopoulos identified that Orlando Arcia was the Brewers’ each day shortstop just some years in the past. He additionally stated it might come to some extent the place Vaughn Grissom might be thought of able to be a each day shortstop on the massive league stage.
Grissom plans to spend time this winter coaching with Braves third base coach Ron Washington, who has lengthy been thought of the most effective discipline instructors within the sport.