3) MLB free agent Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson
Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson doesn’t have the same resume as some of the other shortstops out there set to hit free agency after this season. A nice finish on a good team will help him a lot. Although he might be viewed as a fallback option for teams that could miss out on Carlos Correa or Xander Bogaerts, what’s to say he hasn’t finally found his bat and has brighter days ahead of him?
The Braves do have Vaughn Grissom as a possible replacement for Swanson which could lead to a separation. If so, Swanson will be one of those free agents we hear about plenty this offseason.
Because he has gone this long without getting an extension, we should assume nothing gets done between now and the time he can hit the open market. The Braves have a lot of money committed to other young players. Several underwhelming seasons had them passing on Swanson.
The Mets would obviously be out of contention to sign Swanson. They have no need at shortstop. The same may not be true for a few other teams that already look to have the position set. Could Swanson end up following the path of Trevor Story? Perhaps he could even move a shortstop to second base or third base and take on the position himself.