In his first interview since he opted out of the ultimate week of what turned out to be his last season with the Angels, Andrelton Simmons declined to offer additional particulars on his choice.
“If I shared that call, I really feel that’s going to open up doorways the place individuals can choose aside (and provides) their opinions on my choice that I felt was finest for me and my household,” Simmons mentioned by way of Zoom in his introductory press convention with the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Simmons made use of Main League Baseball’s COVID-19 protocols, which allowed any participant to decide out of the season at any time.
A handful of notable gamers — Marcus Stroman, David Worth, Buster Posey amongst them — opted out originally of the season. Simmons performed via nearly your entire season.
On Sept. 22, with 5 video games remaining within the common season, the Angels introduced that Simmons had opted out. Simmons launched a press release saying that “I really feel that is the very best choice for me and my household.”
The choice successfully ended Simmons’ Angels profession. The membership later declined his $15 possibility, though it’s possible they’d have declined the choice no matter Simmons’ opt-out.
Simmons ended up signing a one-year take care of the Twins for $10.5 million and the Angels traded for shortstop Jose Iglesias, who’s making $3.5 million.
After Simmons’ take care of the Twins turned official on Sunday, he thanked those that revered his choice to decide out.
“I’m glad for everyone that confirmed respect and appreciation,” he mentioned, “and simply wished to ensure every little thing was OK, and revered my choice.”