Have these players played their last game as Angels?
Status: Free Agent in 2021
Defensive wiz, Andrelton Simmons, was acquired in 2015 from Atlanta in a trade that sent Erick Aybar, Chris Ellis, Sean Newcomb and cash back to Atlanta. Simmons was in the middle of a seven-year, $58 million contract when he arrived in Anaheim. A deal set to expire at the end of the 2020 season.
The 30-year-old shortstop struggled with injuries last season, but has been a consistent producer for the Halos. He won Gold Gloves in 2017 and 2018, while also hitting .285/.334/.419 with 25 home runs over those two seasons.
It’s possible when teams are allowed to make roster moves again (rosters are currently frozen), the Angels could work out an extension with the shortstop to keep him off the free agent market. The OC Register recently reported there have been “internal discussions about an extension for Simmons.”
The Halos have a few shortstop prospects making their way up the ranks, but none will be ready to take over full time duties by 2021. The Angels will probably look to extend Simmons on a team-friendly deal or search the free agency market for a replacement next winter.