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Andrelton Simmons | Shortstop | #2

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 170
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Western Oklahoma JC
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Angels acquired SS Andrelton Simmons and C Jose Briceno from the Braves for SS Erick Aybar, LHP Sean Newcomb, RHP Chris Ellis and cash.
Simmons, recently crowned the best defensive player in the game, heads to an Angels team ready to make a run at a World Series in 2016. The 26-year-old shortstop is a two-time Gold Glove winner who could have easily won his third this past season. Simmons will make $6 million in 2016 and is signed to a team-friendly deal through 2020, part of the reason the Angels were willing to pay such a steep price. Thu, Nov 12, 2015 08:22:00 PM

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Jesse Sanchez of reports the Angels have acquired Andrelton Simmons from the Braves.

It had been rumored since late Wednesday that the Braves were discussing Simmons with multiple teams. It's still unknown what the Braves will get in return for the 26-year-old. Simmons batted .265/.321/.338 but is obviously more valuable for his defense. He's still under team control through 2020.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 06:38:00 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets checked in on the availability of Andrelton Simmons on Thursday morning and were told that it would take Matt Harvey or Jacob deGrom.

Yeah, so that's not happening. ESPN's Jonah Keri reported Wednesday that the Braves have engaged in trade talks involving Simmons with at least one National League West team, and Buster Olney added Thursday that the Angels are also interested. Any team with a need at shortstop will be inquiring, but it's going to take a sizable return for the Braves to give up the 26-year-old defensive maestro. He's on a relatively team-friendly contract through 2020.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 09:59:00 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Angels are among the teams with interest in Andrelton Simmons.

Just about every team in need of a shortstop in the long term or short term will be checking in on Simmons now that it's become well known that the Braves are willing to listen to offers. ESPN's Jonah Keri reported late Wednesday that Atlanta was engaged in trade negotiations with one National League West team, but it doesn't sound like anything is close. Simmons has struggled offensively over the last couple of seasons, but he is only 26 years old and he plays all-time-great defense at short.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 08:22:00 AM

ESPN's Jonah Keri wrote that the Braves are discussing a possible Andrelton Simmons trade with an NL West team.

Whatever's cooking is still very early in the works, as the specific team the Braves are talking with hasn't even been revealed beyond the fact that they play in the NL West. Simmons, 26, hit to a .265/.321/.338 triple-slash with four homers, 23 doubles and 44 RBI in 147 games during the 2015 campaign.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 11:15:00 PM

Andrelton Simmons had a walk-off RBI single as the Braves edged the Blue Jays 3-2 on Tuesday.

Simmons had two runs batted in on the evening, adding an RBI groundout in the second inning before walking off in the ninth. It has been a good eight-game stretch for the shortstop, who is 13-for-32 (.406) with six RBI in that span. The hot stretch has his overall line up to .264/.325/.335.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 10:41:00 PM

Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-4 and knocked in one of the Braves' two runs Thursday against the Mets.

Simmons' power has been absent again this year, but at least he has an adequate .325 OBP from the bottom of the Braves' order. It's still mystifying that a guy who hit 17 homers as a 23-year-old has totaled 10 in the two seasons since.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 12:57:00 AM

Andrelton Simmons (ankle) is back in the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

Simmons missed the last two contests with inflammation in his right ankle. The slick-fielding shortstop is hitting a disappointing .265/.331/.342 with three homers this season.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 10:36:00 AM

Andrelton Simmons (ankle) is considered day-to-day.

Simmons was a late scratch Monday and is out of the Braves' lineup again on Tuesday due to inflammation in his right ankle. It sounds like he'll be ready later this week. Daniel Castro is starting at shortstop Tuesday.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 05:19:00 PM

Andrelton Simmons was a late scratch from Monday's lineup due to right ankle inflammation.

There's no word yet on if it might be more than a day-to-day ailment. Pedro Ciriaco took Simmons' spot at shortstop.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 07:45:00 PM

Andrelton Simmons (knee) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Rockies.

Simmons hasn't played since Saturday due to left knee soreness, but it's not a major concern. He's batting seventh in his return.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 03:04:00 PM

An MRI has ruled out structural damage in Andrelton Simmons' left knee.

Simmons will miss a second straight start Monday with a sore knee, but he's available off the bench and expected back in there Tuesday. The slick-fielding shortstop is hitting .261/.324/.337 with just three homers and 32 RBI on the season.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 04:37:00 PM

The Braves are hopeful that Andrelton Simmons (knee) will be able to return to the Braves starting lineup on Monday.

Simmons did not play in Sunday's game against the Cubs due to a sore left knee that he tweaked during Saturday's contest. The 25-year-old is hitting .261/.324/.337 with just three homers and 32 RBI on the season.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 10:17:00 PM

Andrelton Simmons is not in the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

It appears to be a simple day of rest. Pedro Ciriaco is filling in for Simmons at shortstop.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 03:18:00 PM

Andrelton Simmons (thumb) is in the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

Simmons missed the last week of action after suffering a bone bruise in his right thumb on Saturday. He's batting eighth against opposing right-hander Tom Koehler.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 03:53:00 PM

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