Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
The Texas Rangers have talked to the Braves about shortstop Andrelton Simmons as part of a bigger deal for Arizona's Justin Upton.
The Texas Rangers inquired with the Atlanta Braves regarding shortstop Andrelton Simmons recently, according to USAToday's Bob Nightengale. The Rangers, who are pursuing the Diamondbacks' Justin Upton, attempted to acquire Simmons from the Braves then trade him to Arizona as part of a package for Upton, rather than deal either Elvis Andrus or top prospect Jurickson Profar.
It's unclear what Texas was offering in exchange for Simmons, but it's speculated that Mike Olt was part of the discussion. Olt, a top prospect at third base, would make a prime replacement for the recently retired Chipper Jones. However, the Diamondbacks may acquire Olt directly as part of a deal for Upton, so the discussions probably weren't simple.
If the Rangers lose out to another team for Upton, Simmons is not likely to move this offseason. They don't need Simmons for their own roster because of the presence of Andrus and Profar, and it seems like the Braves were only doing their due diligence.