The Braves were silly to make this deal. If they had been smart they could have brought him up in June of last season and gotten an extra year of service time out of him and kept him under control for 7 seasons. That's more or less 4 years of paying Simmons less than a million dollars per season and 3 years of arbitration. There is no freaking way in this life or the next that Simmons would have accrued nearly 60 million dollars through Arbitration in 3 years. They do lose one year out of him by not giving him the contract, but they would have saved an astronomical amount of money by doing so. Btw, Andrew McCutchen has only made under 6 million in his 5th season so far. Kershaw has made 20 million after 6 full seasons. I doubt one more arbitration year would have saw his salary go past 15 million for a combined 35 million over 7 seasons, and we're talking about Kershaw here, not Simmons. The Braves overpaid, big time.
"I'm an administrator. I'm a good listener. I would not pass myself off as an evaluator of talent"
- Brian Cashman, GM of the Yankees