Where will former Chicago Cubs shortstop Andrelton Simmons sign?
As Spring Training is right around the corner for the Chicago Cubs, very few free agents remain. With the Philadelphia Phillies signing 2nd baseman Josh Harrison, it may be until the start of spring training for anyone else to be signed.
One of the available players is former Cub, Andrelton Simmons. The 4-time Gold Glove shortstop played just 34 games with the Cubs, struggling to hit that ball, but still showing life of his elite defense that he has had since 2012. If Simmons is to sign, it will likely be a minor league deal, and he will highly likely be a backup if he makes a major league roster.
So where could Simmons sign:
1. Boston Red Sox
Trevor Story is out for the first half of the season with Tommy John surgery; therefore, the Red Sox need a shortstop. Their backup shortstop according to their depth chart is Enrique Hernandez, who is also their starting center fielder. Either the Red Sox call up their number 1 prospect, shortstop Marcelo Mayer, start recently acquired shortstop from Kansas City, Adalberto Mondesi, or they sign Simmons for extra depth and veteran appearance.
2. Cincinnati Reds
The Cincinnati Reds are in a similar situation as the Red Sox. Other than Jonathan India, the Reds' middle infield may be seen as a nightmare. The question the Reds need to answer is this: Are Jose Barrero and Kevin Newman good enough of a platoon while they wait for their top prospect, shortstop Elly De La Cruz, to be called up? If not, then signing Andrelton Simmons may be the best option. Bringing in the former gold glover could be an excellent veteran presence for the top prospect.
3. Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals already have a young shortstop, who will start, in C.J. Abrams. However, having a veteran to back up Abrams and help turn him into an elite defensive player would be a fantastic move for this young team. Having Simmons as the backup to Abrams could greatly benefit his defensive abilities for the rest of his career.