It’s that time of year when MLB teams start making their vision for the 2023 season become a reality through trades, free agent signings, and various roster moves. It’s also the perfect time to make some bold predictions about where some of the biggest names in the game will play next season.
7 bold MLB predictions for the offseason
1. Dansby Swanson will head to Chicago
The Braves would love to have Swanson back as their shortstop, but they don’t necessarily need to have Swanson back as their shortstop.
It’s an interesting situation for Atlanta as Swanson was a valuable part of their 2021 World Series-winning team and 2022 NL East champion squad. However, the Braves can move Vaughn Grissom over to shortstop and keep Ozzie Albies at second base and make sure the middle of the infield is strong.
There are other places where Atlanta can spend the money, and Swanson will find a new home at Wrigley Field with the Cubs as was first predicted on our site as part of our top 25 free agent predictions you can read here. Unlike the Freddie Freeman situation, there will be little drama with the signing and the Braves will have another emotional reunion to deal with next season when Chicago visits Truist Park.
With so much of Atlanta’s core locked up, it will be little surprise that the Braves won’t bid as high for Swanson’s services as the Cubs. However, they will be confident knowing the Grissom-Albies combination is strong as they look to once again repeat as NL East champs.