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Braves sign shortstop Andrelton Simmons to seven-year extension

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The Braves and shortstop Andrelton Simmons agreed on a $58 million, seven-year contract on Thursday, a record deal for the latest young star locked up by the reigning NL East champions.

The deal, which runs through the 2020 season, is the largest ever awarded to a non-foreign player with less than two years of service time. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo signed a $41 million, seven-year contract last May.

Simmons, 24, showed power potential in 2013, when he hit 17 home runs, but he earned the big contract with his defense. He won his first Gold Glove award in 2013, when he led the major leagues with 499 assists.

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