A big part of the decision for the Braves to trade for Dansby Swanson is price. The first baseman was drafted first overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2015 draft and was shipped to his boyhood team six months later. His salary was $6.5 million per season, and he is the thirteenth highest paid player on the team. He is married, and his net worth is unknown. The move is a dream come true for Swanson, who sees it as a dream come true.
The Braves are also trying to determine how valuable Swanson is, and whether he can sustain it for three to six years. If he can’t, the team will likely be in a tough position. If the trade isn’t consummated, Swanson may well be on his way to a qualifying offer at the end of the season.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have little incentive to move Swanson, as the team finished first in the NL-East and won the NL-East and the World Series. They won the NL Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers, and won the NL Championship Series against the Houston Astros.
The trade also gives the Braves another piece in the puzzle. Swanson was the top overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, and was a key player on the Vanderbilt College World Series teams. He has become one of the most talented players in baseball.