Red Sox Bid Adieu to a GM and Fan Favorite
Red Sox pulled the trigger on a deal that surely pulled on the heartstrings of GM Jim Furtado. Today the Red Sox traded long-time Gold Glove shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Simmons has manned the shortstop position since the reboot of the Whalehead league. Entering the last year of his first long-term contract, he signed a four-year extension in December of 2018. Last year, however, teammate Javier Baez partially shared the position. With Jeff McNeil's emergence, it was expected that Simmons' playing time would be further curtailed. Although Simmons did not complain about the plan, the respect for him felt by the organization incentivized the front office to find another starting spot on another team.
"We initially contacted the Cardinals, who clearly need a shortstop," said GM Jim Furtado. "Unfortunately, the Cards aren't interested in contending in 2020 and are looking at a rebuild. Then, out of the blue Toronto contacted us with interest."
Red Sox traded SS Andrelton Simmons and $5 million to the Blue Jays for former Red Sox farmhand SS Amed Rosario and minor league pitchers Josiah Gray and P James Karinchak.
We wish Simbra well. Hopefully, he won't repeat the farewell plan of Christian Yelich.