Cubs sign RHP Shae Simmons to Major League Split Contract … Transfer LHP Drew Smyly to 60-Day Disabled List
The Cubs made it official and announced the split contract of right-handed reliever Shae Simmons on Friday. Simmons was added to the 40-man roster as he competes for a spot in the big league pen this spring. To make room for Simmons, LHP Drew Smyly was transferred to the 60-day DL as he continues his recovery from Tommy John Surgery.
The Cubs did not announce the terms of the contract. According to multiple reports on Wednesday, Simmons will be paid $750,000 this season in the majors and $120,000 if he’s in the minors.
With Friday’s roster moves, the Cubs’ 40-man stands at 40 players.
Shae Simmons, 27, has gone 1-4 with one save and a 3.50 ERA (14 earned runs in 36 innings) in 42 Major League relief appearances covering three seasons with the Atlanta Braves (2014, 2016) and Seattle Mariners (2017). In his career, he has struck out 34 batters in 36 innings while posting a 1.11 WHIP. Simmons has limited opponents to a .200 batting average, a .280 on-base percentage and .312 slugging percentage, good for a .592 OPS against, while allowing only two home runs. The right-handed pitcher has limited left-handed hitters to a .109 batting average (7-for-64) in his big league career.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Simmons broke into the big leagues with the Braves in 2014 and turned in a 2.91 ERA (seven earned runs in 21 2/3 innings) in 26 outings, his most extensive single-season big league experience to date due to Tommy John surgery that forced him to miss the entire 2015 campaign. Simmons returned in 2016 to post a 1.35 ERA (one earned run in 6 2/3 innings) in seven outings before being traded to Seattle in December 2016. He was limited to only nine big league outings with the Mariners last season due to injury, going 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA (six earned runs in 7 2/3 innings).
Simmons was originally selected by Atlanta in the 22nd round of the 2012 Draft out of Southeast Missouri State University. He is a native of Cape Girardeau, MO.