So, on Tuesday, I wrote that I did not think the likelihood was strong that Andrelton Simmons and the Braves would come to an agreement on an extension that both felt benefited each side. I ended the article by saying this.
Though…I didn’t think Craig Kimbrel would get an extension so tomorrow, we might know about an extension for Simmons.
In my defense, it came two days later.
For those living under a rock, Simmons inked a seven year contract that will pay him $58M. As Fangraphs David Cameron pointed out, Simmons had comparable service times to Anthony Rizzo and Paul Goldschmidt. Both will receive significantly less than Simmons despite the rough offensive year Simmons had last year.
We found that defense does pay if that defense is at such a level that there are no comparable players. The Braves wanted to balance the potential in his bat with what they had already seen while Simmons wanted to be paid for his defense and plus power for his position while, at the same time, attaining security. Both sides basically got what they wanted. Simmons, like other recently extended Braves, will receive a heavily backloaded deal. The breakdown looks like this:
- 2014 – $1M
- 2015 – $3M
- 2016 – $6M
- 2017 – $8M
- 2018 – $11M
- 2019 – $13M
- 2020 – $15M
- 2015 – $71.2M (8 players, $8.9M per player)
- 2016 – $47.8M (5 players, $9.6M per player)
- 2017 – $64.2M (5 players, $12.8M per player)
- 2018 – $41M (3 players, $13.7M per player) + $13M Kimbrel option
- 2019 – $45M (3 players, $15M per player)
- 2020 – $38M (2 players, $19M per player) + $12M Julio Teheran option