Braves, Dansby Swanson have reportedly begun extension talks

By , Audacy Sports

Dansby Swanson and the Atlanta Braves "have opened extension talks," according to Jon Heyman of The New York Post.

This comes just a few days after general manager Alex Anthopoulos declined to address Swanson's long-term future specifically as the team announced a lucrative deal with center fielder Michael Harris II.

"We're going to try to keep as many players as we can," Anthopoulos said when asked about Swanson, according to Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The 28-year-old recorded the putout on the clinching play of the Braves' World Series win over the Houston Astros a year ago, and has parlayed that into the finest season of his career in 2022.

Swanson is slashing .292/.347/.455 with 16 home runs, 66 RBIs and a 5.1 fWAR in 2022. The former No. 1 overall draft pick played in the All-Star Game for the first time earlier this summer.

Interestingly, Casey Close of Excel Sports Management is Swanson's agent. He, of course, is the same agent that represents Freddie Freeman, who ultimately departed Atlanta for the Los Angeles Dodgers last offseason after the two sides couldn't work out a deal. Heyman, however, hears that "there's been less whispered negativity about these talks."

If Swanson does reach the free-agent market, he'll be part of a loaded class of shortstops that could also include Trea Turner, Carlos Correa and Xander Bogaerts.

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