The Newly signed Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swansonadmitted last Wednesday that he was disappointed but not surprised that a reunion with the Atlanta Braves was not in the cards and so he said:
There are deep roots there, but at the end of the day, I got really close (to Atlanta) in the offseason … and I had a pretty good feeling that they were going to move on. We were on our honeymoon and we felt like (Chicago) is where we were supposed to be.”
The Cubs and Swanson they finalized a seven-year deal worth $177 million on Wednesday. The Braves’ final offer was reportedly around $100 million over six years.
Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos also shared that Swanson was willing to accept “a lot less” to stay in Atlanta. This marks the second straight offseason with a major departure from the Braves’ 2021 World Series-winning roster. after Freddie Freeman joined the Los Angeles Dodgers before the 2022 season:
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Atlanta is currently projected to start the 2023 season with 21-year-old Vaughn Grissom as the starting shortstop. Grissom made just two appearances at the position last year, with most of his playing time at second base in the absence of Ozzie Albies.
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MLB News: Dansby Swanson not surprised by Braves departure and explains why?