The Atlanta Braves continue to sure up the team’s future. According to a report by CBS Sports on Feb. 20, the Braves have locked up another one of their young stars as the team has agreed to terms on a seven-year deal worth $58 million with Gold Glove shortshop Andrelton Simmons.
With the extension, the Braves have fulfilled their promise in keeping together their young nucleus of star players. Simmons joins All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel, pitcher Julio Teheran, first baseman Freddie Freeman and outfield Jason Heyward as players who have had their contracts extended with the team.
At the young age of 24, Simmons is coming off of a productive year that catapulted him into one of the top shortstops in the National League. Defensively he won the Gold Glove, but he provided a punch offensively as well. In 2013, Simmons batted .248, but did provide some pop with 17 homers in the 157 games he played. Although the team is hoping he progresses offensively, his defensive skills make him worth the investment as he led the major leagues with 499 assists.
The Atlanta Braves have assured a promising future locking up these young stars for years to come. They may have also saved money in the process. According to an estimate by WAR and FanGraphs, the free agent value for Simmons coming off the 2013 season would have been worth $23 million.
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