New Angels general manager Billy Eppler makes a bold move to shore up the shortstop position long term by acquiring the two-time Gold Glove winner today.
Angels send SS Eric Aybar, SP Sean Newcomb, SP Chris Ellis and cash for the 26 year old Simmons and C Jose Briceno.
Andrelton Simmons Highlights: http://youtu.be/wtlakXaCDdU
Angels will miss Aybar in the clubhouse but the impending free agent was noticeably a step slower on defense and it was unlikely the Angels would want to give the 32 year old the 4 year deal he will seek.
Simmons is still a work in progress offensively but his last two seasons are virtually the same as Aybar.
Losing top pitching prospect Sean Newcomb could haunt the team but he was not expected to be in the Halos rotation in 2016. If Newcomb finds his command Atlanta will have themselves a fine starter.