Report: 7 Teams In On Dansby Swanson; Braves 1st Offer Was Low

Dansby Swanson has known no other team in his 7-year major league career other than the Atlanta Braves. He was born and raised just outside of Atlanta. He wants to remain a Brave. And the Braves, ideally, want him back. 

But the team's first offer to the first-time All-Star, in-season, according to a report by MLB Insider Jon Heyman, was about 75% lower than what his projected haul in free agency could be. According to the report, the offer was for a total $100M, but Heyman's expert source predicts Swanson's earned a deal in the neighborhood of $175M.

The rumor goes on to name no less than seven teams that will be in on Swanson:

  • Atlanta Braves
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • San Francisco Giants
  • St. Louis Cardinals
In the cases of the Red Sox and Dodgers, their interest in Swanson will of course be tied to their negotiations with their own star free agent shortstops, Xander Bogaerts and Trea Turner, respectively. 

The Cubs are said to be ready to spend some big-time cash this winter to expedite their rebuild, while the Phillies, Giants and Cardinals could all use a serious offensive upgrade at shortstop, and are all expected to be ready to spend to address the position. 

Swanson, 28, was the first overall selection of the 2015 MLB Draft, and earned his first All-Star berth and first Gold Glove this season. He batted .277 with a .776 OPS, 25 HR, 96 RBIs and 99 runs, along with 18 SB. His durability has been another strong asset now as he's fully in his prime, as he played in all 162 games this year, and 160 last season. 

The bidding for his services will be robust if the Braves can't lock something in first.

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