The Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets just completed a trade a few days ago involving Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson. The Mets decided to ask the Braves for another player named Andrelton Simmons, the best defensive shortstop in the majors and probably the best defensive player in the game. Buster Olney of ESPN is reporting that the Braves wanted an “unreachable price tag” for Simmons. The Braves made it clear that Simmons is untouchable and won’t be traded anytime soon.
Sources: Mets asked re:Andrelton Simmons, but the conversation went nowhere with ATL, which basically placed an unreachable price tag on him— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 27, 2015
Simmons, 25, isn’t known for his bat, but he’s still hitting a decent slash of .263/.325/.343 and a WAR of 2.8 so far this season and is only improving.
The Braves plan to build their team around Simmons, Freddie Freeman and their crop of young pitching, so they probably want part with any of those players anytime soon.