MLB Rumors: No "Legit Negotiations" Between Atlanta Braves, Swanson

For Atlanta Braves fans who are still holding out hope that hometown star Dansby Swanson might be back in the ATL in 2023, the latest report is not too encouraging. 

According to Braves reporter Mark Bowman of, "the two parties haven’t had any legit negotiations since the offseason began." Yikes. 

In fact, Bowman reports that the shortstop was so "bothered" by the lack of communication since the end of the season, "Swanson called Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos to get a feel for where things stand."

The Braves' previous offers have been in the $16-$17M range annually, on a six or seven-year contract. And while the term of the offer is fine, they're way off on where Swanson's market is from an AAV standpoint. It's said to be more in the range of $22M to $25M annually. That's a big gap. 

Bowman adds that the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox are among the teams that have thus far shown the most interest in Swanson.”

The former No. 1 overall pick in the June Draft (2015) elevated himself to All-Star status in the 2022 season, blasting 25 HR with 96 RBIs while batting .277 with a .776 OPS. He also claimed his first Gold Glove. And he's durable, having played 162 and 160 games in the last two seasons, respectively. 

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