Hansel Robles among potential Angels trade chips
By Kyle Franzoni
Angels Trade Chip – Andrelton Simmons (SS)
Unlike Hansel Robles, Andrelton Simmons is a known commodity with a proven track record of success in the league. You now exactly what you’re going to get from him; a glove-first shortstop that is going to chip in enough offense to say so.
Simmons, who is set to be a free agent after the 2020 season, will be an interesting case study for the Angels. He’s finishing up a contract that pays him $15 million this season (before prorating), but it is ultimately doubtful that the Halos will want to invest that amount again for a 31-year-old coming off of back-to-back seasons with ankle injuries.
That said, there is still a lot to like about Simmons outside of his would-be cost. He’s one of the most decorated defenders to ever play the game. He rarely strikes out and has shown some occasional pop in his bat at times. Additionally, he has a reputation of being a great teammate that will leave it all out on the field.
In a season where injuries and illnesses have been prevalent, Simmons could certainly have appeal to a contender down the stretch. Of course, he still has to return from his current ankle injury and show he has value before the deadline.
Since the Angels would be unlikely to extend him a qualifying offer, trading him at the deadline is the likeliest outcome if they have no intent on bringing him back next season.