It can be a period of waiting. Or maybe the parties come together to make a deal.
We know this: The Braves are serious about re-signing Swanson, who appears to want to stay. Both parties have an incentive to continue their partnership if the prize works for both.
Why wouldn’t the Braves want Swanson? He’s arguably the best defensive shortstop in baseball, and he’s their clubhouse captain? And why wouldn’t Swanson want to return? Anthopoulos has set up the Braves for continued success, and a stay in Atlanta will probably give Swanson a better situation than many other teams can offer him.
The Braves discussed a contract extension with Swanson’s camp during the second half of the season. Publicly, president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos has praised Swanson – for his leadership and his performance on the field. For the record, Swanson has also expressed a desire to continue wearing the Braves uniform.
All signs point to both parties being interested in continuing the relationship. Of course, anything can happen in free agency, and Swanson has earned the right to test the open market. He is a great ball player who is sure to have suitors.
Trea Turner, Carlos Correa and Xander Bogaerts are regarded as the three best shortstops on the market this winter. All will probably cost more than Swanson.
It was expected that Swanson would reject the eligible offer. He could earn a better deal diving into a free agency – and that contract could come from the Braves.
Tuesday’s news doesn’t change much. The wait continues.
Braves protect players from Rule 5 draft
Tuesday also marked the deadline for a club to add players to its 40-man roster to protect those players from the Rule 5 draft.
The Braves selected righthander Roddery Muñoz, infielder Braden Shewmake and righthander Darius Vines for their Major League roster on Tuesday. They assigned fan favorite Guillermo Heredia for assignment, and did the same with right-handers William Woods and Silvino Bracho.
A shortstop, Shewmake spent 2022 with Triple-A Gwinnett. He is the organization’s No. 5 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.
Muñoz was with High-A Rome before the Braves promoted him to Double-A Mississippi, posting a 4.66 ERA over 22 starts at those levels.
Over Double-A and Triple-A in 2022, Vines recorded a 3.77 ERA over 27 games – 25 of them starts.
Players who are 18 or younger must be added to the 40-man roster within five seasons or they will be exposed to the Rule 5 Draft. Those who signed at age 19 or older must be protected within four seasons.
This year’s Rule 5 Draft will be held on December 7 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.