Simmons, 25, is in his fourth year in the majors and is hitting .263/.325/.343 this year, up from a career average of .254/.303/.366. The most impressive part of Simmons's game, however, is his defense. The shortstop has won a Gold Glove for the past two years and has been known—most acutely by Mets fans—to make seemingly impossible plays against the Mets, particularly Travis d'Arnaud.
But the talks with the Braves went nowhere, as Atlanta has "basically placed an unreachable price tag on him." Simmons signed a seven-year, $58 million contract extension through 2020 last February, which takes him well past the Braves' rebuilding phase. The contract is reasonable enough that it's not eating up too much of Atlanta's payroll and long enough that he has plenty of time to be productive for them, but it's still nice to hear that the Mets' front office is making calls.