SS - MIN
The Twins have signed free agent SS Andrelton Simmons to a one-year, $10.5 million contract.
Simmons is expected to be the Twins starting SS while Jorge Polanco will be moved to 2B. He opted out in the middle of the 2020 season. The 31-year-old is an elite defender, but is more of an option in deep-league formats. Simmons slashed .297/.346/.356 with no home runs, 10 RBI, 19 runs scored and two stolen bases over 30 games for the Angels last season.
Andrelton Simmons could fill a hole in the middle infield for the Phillies, as the team has expressed serious interest in a one-year deal.
Simmons is one of the best defenders in the game, and made strides at the plate in 2017 and 2018. Since then, he had just a 79 wRC+ in 103 games in 2019, and opted out in the middle of the 2020 season. He should only be drafted in AL/NL-only leagues at this point.
SS Andrelton Simmons opted out of the 2020 season Tuesday.
With five games remaining and the Angels out of playoff hunt, Simmons has decided to opt out of rest of the 2020 season. He will be a free agent next offseason. Simmons finished the 2020 campaign, slashing .295/.348/.352 with two stolen bases over 122 at-bats.
Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons went 0-for-3 during Sunday's 7-2 loss to Texas, snapping his modest six-game hitting streak in the process.
Simmons was moved back to the bottom of the lineup with the return of regular leadoff man David Fletcher eight games ago. No longer hitting at the top of the lineup while offering very little power (.709 OPS) and speed, Simmons has very little fantasy appeal at this juncture.
Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons stole his second base of the season on Wednesday night, while going 2-for-5 with a single, double, and run scored in a 7-3 loss to the Rangers.
Simmons offers very little in terms of power (.717 OPS) or run production (6 RBI) in fantasy leagues, but he continues to be a reliable low-end source of batting average (.312) while chipping in with a few runs and steals from time to time.