Amid the Chicago Cubs’ pursuit of free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa, they’ve actually made another move to give them a top-notch defender. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cubs have signed four-time Gold Glover Andrelton Simmons to a one-year, $4 million deal. However, the franchise still plans to try and bring in Correa:
A one-year agreement with Andrelton Simmons – $4M, plus incentives, per @JonHeyman – would not preclude the Cubs from pursuing Carlos Correa, if they choose to move in that direction.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 11, 2022
Simmons is one of the most sure-handed shortstops in the game. The 32-year-old spent 2021 with the Minnesota Twins, hitting .223 in 131 games. However, he is not known for his bat. The Curacao native brings a stellar arm and glove to the Cubs and made just 12 errors last season.
Although Simmons has played SS for essentially his entire career, there is always the possibility Chicago either moves him to third base or second base if they sign Correa. The hot corner is probably the best bet though considering how strong his arm is.
The Cubs cleaned house at the trade deadline last year, trading away basically every piece from their 2016 World Series roster including Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Anthony Rizzo. But, since Chicago is linked to Correa, it does mean they’re trying to get back into contention rather than rebuild. The Cubs finished with a 71-91 record in ’21 and missed the postseason by a long shot.