Cubs Designate Andrelton Simmons For Assignment

The Cubs designated shortstop Andrelton Simmons for assignment today, the club announced. The move came shortly after being activated by the 10-day IL. He had been out since mid-July with a right shoulder strain.

Simmons never really got off the ground in Chicago after signing a $4MM one-year deal with the Cubs in the off-season. He struggled with shoulder pain from the jump and had registered just 85 at bats on the season. In that small sample, he hit a thin batting line of .173/.244/.187 and scored only a single extra-base hit.

While Simmons is talked about as one of the best defensive shortstops in the game since his 2012 debut, his offensive production – he has a career 86 wRC+ – has fallen off a cliff since he left the Angels after the 2020 season. full season of action (536 PAs), he has produced a clip of .216/.277/.261, for a wRC+ of only 51.

Still, provided his shoulder doesn’t prove to be an ongoing problem, Simmons could still become a contender as a high-quality defensive option, though likely only after he’s been given waivers. He won four gold gloves and finished second (to Carlos Correa) in the Fielding Bible’s 2021 defensive rankings. In fact, he has only finished below third once since 2013, winning the award for six consecutive seasons (2013-2018). Advanced stats support Simmons’ continued defensive value; according to Fangraphs, Simmons has amassed 19 DRS (saved defended runs) between 2021 and 2022 and a prodigious 201 for his career.

In parts of 11 seasons with the Braves, Angels, Twins and Cubs, Simmons owns a career .263/.312/.366 triple-slash. While he will enter 2023 at age 33, Simba will likely spark at least some interest in the off-season if he wants to continue playing, perhaps as an uninvited. Regardless of where his career goes from here, however, his gauntlet work will remain the stuff of legend in Atlanta and Orange County.

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