Atlanta Braves skipper Brian Snitker spent a significant amount of time with the media on Tuesday at Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings in San Diego. As anticipated, Snitker was asked about the return of Dansby Swanson, which continues to be the Braves’ biggest question mark of the offseason. Snitker did not disclose the possibility of Swanson’s return next season, but instead mentioned that the shortstop would be a huge loss.
“It’s tough because you do get attached to those guys,” Snitker replied of Swanson’s free agency. “They’re quality individuals. I love him to death, but that’s part of the business. We all know that we get in here, and it is part of it. Time will tell which way we’ll go, but I’ll always root for that kid,” he added.
Snitker also provided insight on a few injured players from 2022. “I saw Ozzie the other day. He’s doing great,” he said. “Exactly what he needs to be doing. He was fired up. He had a good look about him. Very confident and everything went great. Matzek was doing good. He was feeling good. It’s going to be obviously a while before he’s ready. All those guys, they’re at the stadium every day working out. So I’ve seen them a few times.”
And, of course, Snitker expressed that he expects Ronald Acuña Jr. to have a big 2023. Acuña is currently playing in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Snitker wrapped up his time with the media discussing the starting rotation and the trade moves around the rest of the NL East. For a full synopsis of his press conference, click here.
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