Simmons Agrees to Seven-Year Contract with Braves


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Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Braves agreed to a seven-year contract with shortstop Andrelton Simmons, the team announced on Thursday. The deal, which will run through the 2020 season, is worth $58 million, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Simmons said,“Signing long term with a team that I always grew up watching.”

The Braves selected Simmons out of Western Oklahoma State College in the second round of the 2010 MLB amateur draft. He made his big league debut in 2012.

In 206 career games, Simmons has a .256 batting average along with 20 home runs and 78 RBIs. He earned his first Gold Glove last season after leading the Majors with 499 assists.

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