Braves sign Simmons to a seven-year extension

Andrelton Simmons arrived in Braves camp hoping to be the next member of the club’s talented core to receive a contract extension.  Two days later, he received his wish.

The Braves announced Thursday morning that Simmons has signed a seven-year contract extension that will keep him in Atlanta through the end of the 2020 season.

Since making his Major League debut midway through the 2012 season, Simmons has established himself as one of the game’s elite defensive players.  The 24-year-old shortstop was credited with 41 defensive runs saved last year, the highest total ever recorded by a player since the stat was first used in 2003.

The Braves also saw Simmons provide some surprising power courtesy of the 17 home runs he hit while batting .248 in 157 games last year.  Optimism regarding his offensive potential was enhanced as he produced a .796 OPS after the All-Star break.

Over the past two weeks, the Braves have given long-term extensions to Simmons, Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel, Julio Teheran.   These deals have set the stage for each of these players to still be in Atlanta in 2017, when the club moves to its new stadium in Cobb County.

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