Cubs marked the shortstop Andrelton Simmons to today’s assignment, the club announced. The move came shortly after it got activated from a 10-day IL. He had been away from home since mid-July with a strain on his right arm.
Simmons never really took off in Chicago after signing a $ 4 million one-year deal with Cubs out of season. He struggled with shoulder pain after the jump and made only 85 record appearances per season. In this small sample, he registered a modest blink line .173 / .244 / .187 and scored only one hit of the additional base.
Although Simmons is considered one of the game’s best defensive stops since his debut in 2012, his offensive production – his 86 wRC + career – has fallen off the cliff since leaving the Angels post-2020 season. For roughly the entire action season (536 AP) produced with a .216 / .277 / .261 clip which is good for WRC + 51 only.
Even so, provided his arm does not prove to be an ongoing problem, Simmons can still catch his rival as an advanced defensive option, albeit possibly only after the layoffs are removed. He won four golden gloves and took second place (up to Carlos Correa) in the defense rankings of Fielding’s Bibles of 2021. In fact, since 2013, he only came below third place once and won the award for six consecutive seasons (2013-2018). Advanced metrics confirm Simmons’ continued defensive value; on Fangraphs, Simmons amassed 19 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) between 2021 and 2022 and an incredible 201 in his career.
In part of 11 seasons with Braves, Angels, Twins and Cubs, Simmons has a career triple .263 / .312 / .366. Although he will enter 2023 at the age of 33, Simba will likely be interested in the off-season if he is willing to continue the game, if perhaps as an invitee without a squad. However, no matter how his career unfolds, his gloves will remain a legend in Atlanta and Orange County.