Braves open to talks about Simmons

Braves open to talks about Simmons

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The Braves are listening to some clubs that have shown interest in Andrelton Simmons, but this does not mean they are actively shopping the young shortstop, who is widely considered one of the game's top defensive assets.

Multiple sources confirmed that the Braves have discussed Simmons during this week's General Managers Meetings, but although talks are seemingly ongoing with at least one club, a deal did not seem to be imminent late Wednesday night.

Simmons is a multiple Gold Glove Award winner who has been described by general manager John Coppolella as the "best defensive player in the history of the game." His value is enhanced by the fact that he is under contract through the 2020 season.

Though the Braves do not necessarily want to part ways with Simmons, they recognize that he is one of the few chips they could use to net a big return, one that could provide them the significant offensive piece they need. Thus they are expected to continue listening to offers.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.