Simmons’ stellar ‘D’ has dazzled for years

Terry Pendleton calls Andrelton Simmons "one of my sons." In Atlanta these past four years, the current Braves first-base coach and former All-Star third baseman cared for Simmons as if he were one of his own. He disciplined him, encouraged him and supported him. And when the Braves traded Simmons to the Angels as part of their steadfast rebuilding efforts on the night of Nov. 12, "It hurt my heart," Pendleton said.

Rumor roundup: Papelbon, Storen on block

The Nationals reportedly emerged Sunday as one of two front-runners to land top free-agent reliever Darren O'Day, but that wasn't the only rumor regarding a possible bullpen makeover by the Nats. With that in mind, here's a look at some of the top Hot Stove stories circulating around the big leagues: