So far this offseason, I’ve ranked the Braves’ free agents by priority and also given the odds of each of their guys returning. If you missed any of these articles, follow the links below.
Now, it’s time to predict the contract for every Braves free agent. To save time, I have not included Eire Adrianza and Jesse Chavezwho will both sign around the league minimum if they continue to play next season.
Predicting the contract of every Braves free agent
Grossman was a much better player in 2020 and 2021 than he was in 2022, but he still provided some value to the Braves after acquiring him at the trade deadline. He proved to smash the left-handed throw, and at least while he was in Atlanta, he showed some pop against right-handers as well. I don’t see Grossman as much more than a peloton/bench option in a competitive team, but he will surely find a home somewhere in 2023.
Prediction: 1 year, $4 million
Heading to fresh landed free agency Tommy Jean surgery is a brutal break for a pitcher, but at least Jackson got it early in the season and should be ready for 2023. Given his time at the club and the success he’s had in Atlanta, I think that bringing him back is a no-brainer. , but the Braves won’t be the only team interested after the numbers he put up in 2021.
Prediction: 1 year, $2.75 million
Like Jackson, Duvall is another player who just had season-ending surgery and is about to try out an unrestricted free agent. He’s also a guy I would love to have in Atlanta. The Braves can’t rely strictly on Marcell Ozuna and Eddie Rosario next season, but they probably won’t want to break the bank on outfield assist. Duvall would do wonders to stabilize the position and shouldn’t cost too much in free agency.
Prediction: 1 year, $8 million with a $10 million club option for 2024 with a $2 million buyout
The Braves have already said they would like Jansen to returnbut with Raisel Iglesias in the crease, closer is much less necessary. Retaining Jansen will depend on his price, and after leading the National League in saves, he may have been kicked out of Atlanta.
Prediction: 2 years, $25 million
This is unquestionably the most difficult contract to predict as each organization might have a different opinion of Swanson. Prior to this season, I don’t think anyone would have given him a contract over $100 million. But in 2022, he was arguably the best shortstop in baseball. Some teams are likely to think he will regress, while others might believe he is entering his prime. Unfortunately for the Braves, it only takes one team to really up the ante, which means I think Dansby is about to get PAID this offseason.
Prediction: 6 years, $160 million
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