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Braves lock up SS Simmons with seven-year deal

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The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms with shortstop Andrelton Simmons on a seven-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

The deal is worth $58 million, according to CBSSports.com.

"We feel that Andrelton is one of the premier shortstops in the game today and we are happy that we were able to agree on this multi-year contract," Braves general manager Frank Wren said in a statement.

Simmons, 24, earned his first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2013, when he led all major league players with 499 assists. He was also named the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winner as the National League's top defensive player.

Simmons hit .248 in 2013, with 76 runs, 17 home runs, 59 RBIs and just 55 strikeouts in 658 plate appearances. He ranked fourth in the majors with a rate of 11.96 plate appearances per strikeout and his 17 homers were the most by a Braves shortstop since Jeff Blauser hit 17 in 1997.

Simmons, the Braves' second-round draft pick in 2010, made his major league debut in 2012. He has played in 206 career games, with a .256 batting average, 20 homers and 78 RBIs.

Over the past two weeks, the Braves have also given long-term extensions to first baseman Freddie Freeman, closer Craig Kimbrel and right-hander Julio Teheran. These deals have set the stage for each of these players to still be in Atlanta in 2017, when the club moves to its new stadium in Cobb County.

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