Andrelton Simmons Needs To Be A Yankee

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Andrelton Simmons, the former Minnesota Twins shortstop elected for free agency this offseason after not receiving the qualifying offer from the team. In addition to Minnesota, Simmons has been a member of the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels. He has played in the league for 10 years with a .265 batting average, 70 home runs, and 437 runs batted in.

The 32-year-old needs to go to the Yankees because he is an elite defensive shortstop and a more flexible option other than Corey Seager and Carlos Correa.

Elite Defensive Shortstop

The four-time Gold Glove Award winner finished with the fourth-best among shortstops in Outs Above Average with 16. Outs Above Average shows the number of outs a player has saved.

His defensive runs saved were second among shortstops at 15 only trailing the Platinum Glove of Carlos Correa.

The Yankees shortstop last season was Gleyber Torres and he finished with the third-worst Outs Above Average with -9. Getting Simmons would give the Yankees a massive defensive upgrade and one of the games elite defensive players

Flexible Option

Simmons will not cost the Yankees another $300 million contract as he will most likely be a one-year deal.

The elite defensive shortstop can help bridge the gap for Anthony Volpe and/or Oswald Peraza until one of them or both become ready to be the future shortstop for the Yankees.

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