Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves continued their
movement to keep their young core of players long term, signing shortstop
Andrelton Simmons to a contract extension that will run through the 2020
According to various reports, the seven-year deal is worth $58 million.
The Braves have had a busy few weeks. The team locked up young stars Craig
Kimbrel, Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward and Julio Teheran in recent weeks and
extended manager Fredi Gonzalez and general manager Frank Wren on Wednesday.
Simmons, who wasn't arbitration eligible until 2015, hit .248 with 17 homers
and 59 RBI in 157 games in 2013. He finished 14th in MVP voting and won the
Gold Glove for his efforts.
"We feel that Andrelton is one of the premier shortstops in the game today and
we are happy that we were able to agree on this multi-year contract." said
Wren in a statement Thursday.
In two seasons with the Braves, Simmons holds a batting average of .256 with
20 homers and 78 RBI over 206 games.
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