Dansby Swanson has no regrets about leaving the Braves


Shortstop Dansby Swanson felt he made the right decision to leave the Atlanta Braves since signing a big contract with the Chicago Cubs.

Four top shortstops were available last winter, including Dansby Swanson. Swanson spent the majority of his career with the Atlanta Braves, who in Freddie Freeman lost one of their franchise personalities in the offseason. But the Chicago Cubs sent Swanson a seven-year, $177 million contract, which he accepted.

In a recent article by The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, Swanson was asked if he realized he made the right decision in signing with the Cubs. Swanson responded by saying he felt that way from the first day he joined the team.

“I believed in him from day one,” Swanson said. “My wife and I prayed a lot about it. When that answer came, I didn’t regret an ounce. I’m sure I’ve been here. Chicago is where we are called. I have learned to trust the bigger man’s plan more than my own. Every time there was a big change in my life, it was for the better. Moving to Atlanta was an amazing experience for me. That’s how I met my wife. I know this is where we’re supposed to be.

Dansby Swanson believed signing with the Cubs was the right decision from “Day 1.”

Swanson was the first overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, but was traded to the Braves later that year. This was the deal in which the Braves traded Shelby Miller to the Diamondbacks.

Since his major league debut in 2016, he has been Atlanta’s primary shortstop. In 2021, Swanson won his first World Series title with the Braves. Then, in 2022, he made his first All-Star Game and won his first Gold Glove at shortstop.

In his seven years in Atlanta, Swanson had a .255 batting average, .321 on-base percentage, .447 slugging percentage, 102 homers, 411 RBI, 433 runs and 775 hits.

The Braves appear unwilling to sign Swanson to a lucrative long-term contract this offseason and are willing to play Orlando Arcia or Von Grissom at shortstop in 2023. the city where his wife, Mallory, plays for the Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League. Chicago has already clearly marked the spirits.

For the first time in his MLB career, Swanson will not start Opening Day as a member of the Braves. On Opening Day, March 30, against the Milwaukee Brewers, Swanson will be the Cubs’ starting shortstop.

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