With the Braves in full-on rebuild mode, it seems that no one is safe from possibly being shopped. The two cornerstones for the future were previously viewed as Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons. Freeman has been linked to plenty of teams in need for an elite power hitter, and now Simmons’ name has found it’s way onto the rumor wire as well.
Reportedly the Dodgers, Padres, and Angels are all interested in Simmons, so hopefully Andrelton likes Southern California. There aren’t any solid reports on who is being offered, but you can bet the Braves aren’t going to ditch their young shortstop for anything less than a huge haul. And now that it’s been reported that the Braves are listening to offers, I wouldn’t be surprised if more teams try to throw their hat in the mix.
There’s very few teams that wouldn’t benefit from adding a player like Simmons. He’s so elite defensively that he makes up for nearly any offensive shortcomings. And he’s not even that bad on offense. Last year his OBP was .321, which may not be something to send a guy straight to Cooperstown, but with what he does on defense, that’s a solid enough number.
The two big free agent shortstops on the market are Alexei Ramirez and Ian Desmond and neither of them had the sort of 2015 that should encourage teams to shovel money in their direction. A team that is in desperate need will ultimately take a shot, but neither of those guys have the certain benefits that Simmons has.
It seems like the Braves should keep a lock on their young shortstop. He’s still under contract for 5 more years, so it isn’t as if they need to ship him or risk losing him with nothing in return. Those five years are only going to cost the Braves $53 million, so it’s not like he’s busting the bankroll. Tearing down to build back up makes sense (although more in sports such as the NBA than the MLB), but you have to retain something to have a chance of being good again. Simmons should be as close to untradable as anyone on the roster.
Then again, no one is untradable if the price is right.