Andrelton Simmons has been granted his unconditional release. Was designated for assignment yesterday.
— Ryan Herrera (@ryan_a_herrera) August 7, 2022
Simmons is nowhere near the player he used to be, but the Braves could absolutely use some infield depth. He has only taken 75 at-bats this season, posting a paltry .431 OPS. While almost an offensive zero, Simmons has still been a good defender in 2022 — posting a 1.1 Defensive fWAR in 35 games. Last year with the Twins, Simmons wasn’t much better with the stick:
Andrelton Simmons (2021): .223/.283/.275/.557
Simmons didn’t walk much, but he also didn’t strike out at an obscene rate. He was still good for an 18.5 Defensive fWAR, but unfortunately, it was offset by his -25.6 Offensive fWAR.
I don’t know what Simmons would offer the Braves outside of a glove that can fill in on the infield. Maybe they can find something with his swing, but it would still be cool to see Simba in Truist Park.
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