Andrelton Simmons Discusses Future
Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons is on schedule to change into considered one of baseball’s most distinguished free brokers through the upcoming offseason. The Angels may lengthen Simmons earlier than he reaches the open market, but it surely doesn’t appear talks have occurred between the crew and his agent.
“Possibly my agent heard one thing, however not me,” Simmons mentioned of potential negotiations with the Angels, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
The Angels acquired Simmons from the Braves in a commerce that despatched Sean Newcomb to Atlanta previous to the 2016 season, however Los Angeles has underachieved since then. Actually, the crew hasn’t clinched a single playoff berth with Simmons in its uniform, and that’s unlikely to vary this 12 months with the Angels holding a 20-28 report.
The Angels’ troubles haven’t come because of Simmons, a defensive whiz who has usually offered sufficient offense throughout his run with them to show fairly useful. As a member of the Angels, the 31-year-old Simmons has slashed .280/.327/.394 with 36 house runs, 51 stolen bases and 15.three fWAR in 2,255 plate appearances.
The issue for Simmons is that accidents, particularly to his left ankle, have held him again over the previous couple seasons. Simmons solely performed in 103 of a doable 162 regular-season video games a 12 months in the past and sat out for a big portion of August 2020 on account of damage considerations, which may have a detrimental affect on his incomes energy on his subsequent deal.
If Simmons does change into a free agent for the primary time within the subsequent couple months, the Angels must determine whether or not to problem him a qualifying provide earlier than he’s in a position to attain the open market. He could be an attention-grabbing case in that regard.