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The Braves sign Andrelton Simmons to a seven-year, $58 million extension

Feb 20, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

Andrelton Simmons

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Atlanta Braves just signed one of their young, team-controlled players to a multi-year extension. This time: Andrelton Simmons. Who isn’t even arbitration-eligible yet. He got seven years and, according to Ken Rosenthal, $58 million guaranteed.

Simmons is easily the best defensive shortstop in baseball, with his highlight reel from 2013 alone featuring more amazing defensive plays than many shortstops have their entire lifetime. While his hitting line was only .248/.296/.396 last season, he does have some pop in his bat, having hit 17 homers, and there is reason to believe he’ll improve. Even if it’s only moderate improvement, his plus-plus defense already makes him a valuable commodity.

At any rate, that leaves approximately six people in the United States the Braves have not extended this offseason.

  1. atlsportingreports - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Reblogged this on atlsportingreports.

    • mick2014 - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      248 AVG, Career .304 OB%, 14 errors last year. $58 million flushed down the toilet! This guy never gets on base.

  2. elvin2014 - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Rumors:

    Ervin Santana signed with Tampa Bay….2 years….32 millions!

    • jashton11 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      If you’re going to start a false rumor, at least make it plausible.

  3. angrytwitterguy - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Brandon Phillips wants to know what’s up with Heyward?

    If he was talking to the media
    Which he isn’t

    Nice signing by the Braves though

  4. plummer2512 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Best defensive shortstop in baseball? I don’t know. Maybe the National League… Jose Iglesias is the best defensive shortstop in baseball. I’ve seen him play for over 2 years now (saw alot of him in Pawtucket) and he makes it looks so damn easy…

    • realgone2 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      So you haven’t seen much of Simmons then?

    • themuddychicken - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      As a Red Sox fan myself, I looved the defense of Iglesias and sorely missed getting to see it on on everyday basis once he was shipped out out of town (not a comment on that trade, just that it was fun as hell to watch). That said, Simmons absolutely takes the title of best defensive shortstop.

    • gmagic9044 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      I feel like I just had this argument with a Giants fan saying that Brandon Crawford was as good/better than Simmons.

      In 784 career innings as a MLB SS, Iglesias has saved 7 total runs. And has a career UZR of 9.3. And in 331 innings at SS last year for the Tigers, Iglesias accounted for 0 runs saved (Fielding Bible) and a UZR/150 of 8.1

      In 1778 career innings as a MLB SS, Simmons has saved 60 total runs. And has a career UZR of 35.6. And in 1352.1 innings at SS last year for the Braves, Simmons accounted for 41 tuns saved and a UZR/150 of 23.9.

      So, it appears that your eyes have deceived you a bit in your assessment of the best defensive shortstop in baseball. Iglesias is ranked (through UZR/150) as the 2nd best shortstop to play at least 700 innings at shortstop in the past two seasons behind…Simmons.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        Brandon Crawford? I hope that argument ended with an instantaneous guffaw and then a quick-walk away, carefully looking behind you, because that person was crazy.

  5. greej1938l - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Yeah I don’t. Agree with declaring him best defensive SS in baseball either. He’s up there though

  6. realgone2 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Wow! What inter-dimensional being has invaded the Braves’ front office? Nice job.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      As per the B-R estimates, the Bravos are now sitting right around $100m in payroll this coming season, with 7 spots left to fill on the 25-man. Gattis, by the looks of things, is next up to receive a what? 10-year, $399m extension! Seriously, their final payroll number could be right around where the Nationals were last year: $112m. The next 2 years will be interesting: payroll is only going to go up in that time, then Heyward comes off the books (or gets a longer, monster extension). The team has filled pretty much every gap with a long-term potential solution, so going forward they won’t have much incentive to make any significant trades and managing the prospects in the minors system will become even more important, since you don’t want talented guys mouldering away down there when you have a starter locked-in for years to come. Yeah, this looks a lot like the Nationals to me. That’s a good thing, especially for the competition levels the next few years in the NL East, but it also brings some new challenges that recent Atlanta teams haven’t had to worry about.

  7. halladaysbiceps - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    The Braves are spending money like drunken sailors. Looks like John Schuerholz and Frank Wren have taken Amaro 101.

    • realgone2 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      I think they played hooky on the day of “overpay for declining players” class.

      • El Bravo - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        ahahahha realgone2 nailed the difference between the two right on the head.

    • Francisco (FC) - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Not really, if they had, they would have only signed 30 somethings. *sigh*.

    • gmagic9044 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      Is Amaro 201 where you learn to sign players like Danys Baez, Raul Ibanez, Jamie Moyer, Jonathan Papelbon and extend Ryan Howard to an albatross?

  8. chacochicken - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=andrelton+simmons+defensive+highlights&sm=1

    • stex52 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Thanks for the link. May be the first time I have really watched him in action. The guy sure has an arm.

  9. unclemosesgreen - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Let’s put an end to this silliness about whether Simmons is the best defensive SS in MLB. He saved more runs defensively than the next 3 best shortstops combined.

    He’s the best by a country mile.

    • realgone2 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Stop using logic and facts!!

      • unclemosesgreen - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        I can’t stop – it was brought on by a witch’s curse. Now I just think all the time. Think think think — evaluate. Life was simpler when I believed in W-L records for pitchers and the unquantifiable nature of defense. Now, while others suck the marrow out of life and believe in triple crown stats I’m a classic wet blanket – worrying about things like wOBA and RC+.

        Don’t be like me, kids. Just say no to SABR – they’re like the modern pod people.

      • spudchukar - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Yeah, Mose, often I don’t agree with ya, but this time you are right on. Unfortunately, defensive metrics don’t take into consideration quick accurate release. Simmons rocks, and while Eglesias is special to watch he is overshadowed by Simmons and rightly so.

    • stex52 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      5.4 dWAR (Bref) !!!!! That is superlative. I don’t think I’ve seen him play, but I think I need to. Parra is the only player (and he’s an OF) that I have seen close to that defensive value.

  10. El Bravo - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Where’s my long-term contract? Please? Anyone? Bueller?

  11. bostonboresme - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Anyone who doesn’t think he’s THE cream of the crop at shortstop is delusional.

    Plus, his gems allow you to use the awesome term, “Andrelted”

  12. happytwinsfan - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    do all these signings have anything to do with the new stadium dance?

    • realgone2 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Apparently they own the stadium and all the land around it. There is going to be a mall, a hotel, a water park (!), and a bunch of other stuff. So the Braves are supposed to be getting huge revenue from that. Plus more fans to the stadium because where it’s at is where the majority of fans come from in the Atlanta area.

    • bravojawja - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      They have everything to do with the new stadium. The Braves are pinning everything on the new place (and the development nearby) being a cash cow. Haven’t seen the specifics on this deal, but the others are all heavily back-loaded to kick in after the move. (Granted, the timing also dovetails with those guys’ bought-out arb years.)

      • realgone2 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        Also coincides when Uggla’s contract is up. hahahaha

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        then they must think the stadium and hence the revenue is in the bag. good for them, i guess.

    • Joe Vecchio - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Looking forward to seeing the future Lester Maddox Stadium!

  13. rbj1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    “At any rate, that leaves approximately six people in the United States the Braves have not extended this offseason.”

    Unfortunately, I’m one of those six.

    • happytwinsfan - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      me two

  14. timmmah10 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    SS defense is highly under rated. I love guys like Simmons, however, they seemed to lose value in the 2000s due to guys like Jeter, Nomar, A Rod, and the other masher SS’s that teams coveted so highly during that era. Simmons really filled a need that the Braves have had for some time. Just thinking that they locked up so much young talent gives you the feeling that they are going to be a dominant presence in the NL for the foreseeable future.

    I think the Red Sox made a mistake moving Iglesias instead of Xander last year. Iglesias is a better defender, and the fact that his ability to get on base in the 9 hole creates havoc for opposing AL teams. It still remains to be seen, but the Tigers moved a guy that was a clubhouse issue (and at a less valuable position in Avisail Garcia) for a guy that could be their starting SS for the next decade. Pretty nice deal considering Peralta’s roid issues creating a big need at SS for them. Looking forward to seeing how the Tigers transition from a softball team to a formidable IF defense this year.

  15. phillysports1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    @plummer2512 so you think he’s the best defensive shortstop in the NL ? Your forgetting Tulo from Colorado ? Or Segura from Milwaukee ?

    • chc4 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Simmons is better. Doesn’t help Tulo’s case that he’s always on the DL.

  16. flyinhighwithvick - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Bum

  17. realgone2 - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Why are there only Phillies trolls? No Marlins, or Mets? Anyone else in the NL for that matter?

  18. shyts7 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Simmons is easily the best defensive SS in the game. His bat is coming along. He has only struck out 76 times in 772 at bats. Pretty good. He’s making contact, which is great for a young player. He’s just going to grow into a more complete player. Great deal by the Braves. Hart’s leadership is really paying off.

  19. foreverchipper10 - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Well, I guess you could say his cup runneth over.

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