SS Andrelton Simmons, Minnesota Twins agree to 1-year, $10.5M contract, sources say

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Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and the Minnesota Twins are in agreement on a one-year, $10.5 million contract, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

A four-time Gold Glove Award winner, Simmons has established himself among the most brilliant defensive shortstops in baseball history. Since his first full season in 2013, Simmons easily leads the majors with 172 defensive runs saved (Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is second with 120). Since entering the league in 2012, Simmons also leads MLB in defensive WAR at 26.6. The next closest player is Kevin Kiermaier at 16.0.

Simmons will be the Twins’ starting shortstop, with Jorge Polanco moving to second base and Luis Arraez still expected to get plenty of at-bats in a super-utility role.

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