The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with shortstop Andrelton Simmons, per reports. The deal will pay Simmons $4 million, plus incentives, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
The four-time Gold Glover is well-known for his defense but has shown signs of on-base capability (.313 career OBP) offensively. The 32-year-old is coming off his worst career at the plate, but a lot of that could stem from the Minnesota Twins performing well below expectations last season.
Although this is not the Carlos Correa signing most Cubs fans were hoping for, Rosenthal still believes that’s a possibility.
Personally, I don’t hate this move. Andrelton Simmons has proven to be a top-level defensive shortstop throughout his career and would match very well with the “groundball-style” pitchers in the Cubs' rotation. He could also be a huge catalyst for younger shortstops in the organization, such as Ed Howard and Cristian Hernandez.
Who knows? Maybe the organization is looking to spend big money elsewhere. Either way, fans will have a lot to say about this, but don’t be surprised if there are more signings to come from the Chicago Cubs.