Andrelton Simmons declines to address opt-out at end of Angels’ 2020 season – Press Telegram

In his first interview since he opted out of the final week of what turned out to be his final season with the Angels, Andrelton Simmons declined to give further details on his decision.

“If I shared that decision, I feel that’s going to open up doors where people can pick apart (and give) their opinions on my decision that I felt was best for me and my family,” Simmons said via Zoom in his introductory press conference with the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

Simmons made use of Major League Baseball’s COVID-19 protocols, which allowed any player to opt out of the season at any time.

A handful of notable players — Marcus Stroman, David Price, Buster Posey among them — opted out at the beginning of the season. Simmons played through almost the entire season.

On Sept. 22, with five games remaining in the regular season, the Angels announced that Simmons had opted out. Simmons released a statement saying that “I feel this is the best decision for me and my family.”

The decision effectively ended Simmons’ Angels career. The club later declined his $15 option, although it’s likely they would have declined the option regardless of Simmons’ opt-out.

Simmons ended up signing a one-year deal with the Twins for $10.5 million and the Angels traded for shortstop Jose Iglesias, who is making $3.5 million.

After Simmons’ deal with the Twins became official on Sunday, he thanked those who respected his decision to opt out.

“I’m glad for everybody that showed respect and appreciation,” he said, “and just wanted to make sure everything was OK, and respected my decision.”

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