May 10, 2017

Dansby Swanson has been hailed as a future franchise player, but even if he were hitting .300 instead of far below .200, as he is this year, the choice here would be clear. When the Braves made their sudden shift into rebuilding mode after the 2014 season, they began dealing away most of their top young players, including closer Craig Kimbrel, outfielders Jason Heyward and Justin Upton and shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Freeman, however, has remained untouchable, with general manager John Coppollella saying of the first baseman—who in the fourth year of his eight-year, $135 million contract is off to the best start of his career—"I’d give my right arm before we trade Freddie Freeman. It is not happening."

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