The Braves Should Not Have Traded Andrelton Simmons
In the past year, the Braves have traded Justin Upton, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel and Andrelton Simmons and have received not one can’t-miss, Top 20 prospect. Sean Newcomb is the closest thing, He’s a big lefty who throws hard, striking out 11 per 9 IP. He also walked 76 batters in 136 IP. So he’s no sure thing, though I guess we should be happy he hasn’t undergone Tommy John surgery. I hate this trade. Maybe it works out, but when you have a premium player, signed to an affordable contract, you don’t trade him...Have to agree with the author here. This trade seems to work out much better for the Angels.
Andrelton SimmonsAndrelton Simmons is widely regarded as the best defensive short stop in the game, and perhaps the best defensive player in the game. In 2015 Simmons had 25 defensive runs saved. And while a .265 batting average is nothing to write home about, he has shown some progression and you'll pretty much take whatever you can get at the short stop position.
The Los Angeles AngelsEric Aybar has been a solid presence at the short stop position for the Angels for a number of years now. His skills, however, have significantly declined, and he is eligible for free agency at the end of the 2016 season. In 2015 he had -3 defensive runs saved, so Simmons is a significant improvement for the Angels at the position. The Angels also suffered defensively at second base with Johnny Giavotella, and at third base with David Freese. You can bet The Angels with look to improve there, and at the catcher position in free agency. If they do, you'll likely see some significant improvement in that young pitching staff. Angels fans no longer have to worry about there short stop of the future.
The Atlanta BravesAs the author says, the Braves strategy seems to be to stockpile young arms. Ironically this is also what we saw from Jerry Dipoto with the Angels, although the Angels young arms were major league ready. There are two problems with this strategy 1) the Braves are not receiving the likes of Andrew Heaney or Nick Tropiano. Sean Newcomb still has a lot of questions surrounding him and may not even be a major league starter. 2) pitching is a relatively affordable commodity right now. Getting rid of proven talent at any position is the wrong thing to do in this market.
Congratulations Angels fans, you have a solid presence at short stop for the next five years.
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