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Cubs agree to deal with Andrelton Simmons

Cubs agree to deal with Andrelton Simmons

Cubs agree to deal with shortstop Simmons originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs have a new shortstop, but it’s not Carlos Correa.

The Cubs have agreed to a one-year deal with Andrelton Simmons, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Friday.

The deal is worth $4 million and has incentives built in.

Simmons, 33 in September, is a glove-first shortstop with a strong track record defensively. He’s a four-time Gold Glove Award winner.

He’s a career .265/.313/.369 hitter with a below-average 88 OPS+ in 10 seasons with the Braves, Angels and Twins. He spent last season with Minnesota.

Adding a bonafide everyday shortstop was among the Cubs’ biggest needs this winter after trading Javy Báez last summer. And with three pitch-to-contact starters in their rotation, having a plus defender at shortstop is all the more important.

Simmons likely takes the Cubs out of the sweepstakes for Correa, the All-Star shortstop who could command a record contract for the position.

However, he could be…

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