Report: Blue Jays showing interest in Andrelton Simmons
Simmons has been one of baseball's best at the position since debuting in 2012 with the Atlanta Braves. The 31-year-old has accrued 191 defensive runs saved and won four Gold Gloves over his nine-year career.
His offense doesn't offer the same upside. Simmons has only posted an OPS+ over 100 three times and owns a career slash line of .269/.317/.379 with 67 home runs and 406 RBIs.
Simmons appeared in 30 games for the Los Angeles Angels in 2020 and posted a negative DRS for the first time, though he hit .297 and boasted the highest on-base percentage of his career.
He also missed time with an ankle injury before opting out of the final week of the season due to COVID-19 concerns.
Blue Jays shortstops combined to hit .250/.320/.358 with six homers and 42 RBIs in 2020. Most of that damage came from Bichette, though the 22-year-old missed nearly a month with a knee injury. Defensively, Toronto's shortstops ranked second-to-last in baseball with minus-39 defensive runs saved.
This isn't the first time that Toronto has been linked to Simmons. The Blue Jays reportedly checked in with the Angels about a potential trade last August.
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