Braves reach 7-year, $58 million deal with Simmons
Braves reach agreement with shortstop Andrelton Simmons on 7-year, $58 million deal
Associated Press
2014-02-21 03:42 AM

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves and shortstop Andrelton Simmons have agreed on a $58 million, seven-year contract, a record deal for the latest young star locked up by the National League East champions.

The deal announced on Thursday runs through the 2020 Major League Baseball season. It is the largest ever awarded to a non-foreign player with less than two years of service time.

The 24-year-old Simmons earned his first Gold Glove Award in 2013, when he led MLB with 499 assists.

Simmons hit .248 with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs last season. He earned the new deal after playing in only 206 career games.

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