Cubs designate Andrelton Simmons for task

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

Simmons never really got going in Chicago after signing a one-year, $4MM deal with the Cubs in the offseason. He struggled with shoulder pain from the jump and had just 85 games on the season. In that small sample, he posted a meager .173/.244/.187 batting line and notched just a single extra-base hit.

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

Still, assuming his shoulder doesn’t prove to be an ongoing problem, Simmons could still catch on with a contender as a high-end defensive option, but likely not until after he clears waivers. He has won four Gold Gloves and finished second (to Carlos Correa) in the Fielding Bible’s 2021 defensive rankings. In fact, since 2013, he has finished lower than third only once and won the award six consecutive seasons (2013-2018). Advanced metrics back up Simmons’ continued defensive value; Per Fangraphs, Simmons has accumulated 19 DRS (defensive runs saved) between 2021 and 2022 and an amazing 201 for his career.

Over parts of 11 seasons with the Braves, Angels, Twins and Cubs, Simmons owns a career .263/.312/.366 triple slash. Even if he enters 2023 at 33 years old, Simba will likely draw at least some interest in the offseason should he want to continue playing, if perhaps as a non-invitee. Regardless of where his career goes from here, his gloves will remain the stuff of legend in Atlanta and Orange County.

Leave a Comment