3 Atlanta Braves who won’t be back next season and where they’ll go

Dansby Swanson, Braves (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Braves, Dansby Swanson
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 12: Dansby Swanson #7 of the Atlanta Braves catches an out against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning in game two of the National League Division Series at Truist Park on October 12, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Adam Hagy/Getty Images) /

3) Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson – San Francisco Giants

Dansby Swanson will be one of the biggest free agents on the market this year in a market full of them. Trea Turner, Carlos Correa (if he opts out), Xander Bogaerts (has an opt-out), and Tim Anderson (club option) will join Swanson in the free agent class of shortstops.

Swanson, who turns 29 during the offseason, was an All-Star for the first time this season and in 162 games this year, he had a career year, hitting 25 homers, 96 RBI, 18 stolen bases, 32 doubles, a .277/.329/.447 slash line, and an OPS+ of 115. He had a bWAR of 5.7.

With his age, he will likely get a six- or seven-year deal and with Vaughn Grissom waiting in the wings at shortstop and a slew of other players locked up long-term, the Braves likely aren’t going to keep him.

One team that could sign Dansby Swanson is the San Francisco Giants. They are poised to make some big moves this offseason via trade and/or free agency. They do have Brandon Crawford signed for next year but he was a shell of his 2021 self this year. After finishing in fourth in NL MVP voting in 2021, the soon-to-be 36-year-old saw his OPS drop nearly 250 points and his OPS+ drop nearly 60 points.

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