Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) has increased his trade value. San Diego became the winner of the winter and a more competitive team.
Ha-sung Kim is often mentioned in trade rumors during the year-end and New Year holidays. Minnesota Twins, Miami Marlins, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, and Los Angeles Dodgers have already been mentioned. There was also a source from a famous local columnist, and there was also a desire from the media.
What is clear is that Kim Ha-seong has shown some presence in the major leagues over the past two years and has been recognized in his own way. It was decisive that he was nominated for the National League shortstop Golden Glove. He is evaluated as a top-class defender who can play any position in the infield except for first base. There are still two years left in the guarantee period of the 4+1 year contract of 39 million dollars (approximately 49.6 billion won).
The reason Kim Ha-seong’s ‘multi’ image has become stronger this winter is because of San Diego’s Xander Bogarts recruitment. Bogarts signed an 11-year, $280 million contract with the San Diego Padres. He played both offensive and defensive shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, and will play left-center infield for several years in San Diego. 메이저놀이터
Instead, San Diego plans to send Fernando Tatis Jr., who will return at the beginning of the season, to the outfield, and move Kim Ha-seong and Jake Cronenworth to second base and first base, respectively. They also brought in veteran Matt Carpenter for insurance purposes. Bleacher Report praised San Diego’s move on the 4th (hereinafter Korean time).
Picking the top 10 improved teams in the 2022-2023 offseason, he placed San Diego in fourth place. Simply put, this winter’s winner. Sean Manea (San Francisco Giants), Mike Clevinger (Chicago White Sox), Josh Bell (Cleveland Guardians), and Brandon Drury (LA Angels) left the team, but Bogarts and Carpenter recruited Seth Lugo, Nick Martinez and Not to mention the capture of Robert Suarez.
“Manea, Clevinger, and Bell are better known names, but you may regret losing Drury,” said Bleacher Report. But wouldn’t it be better with Bogatz and Carpenter? What could be a more certain answer than ‘yes’? It’s questionable how Bogarts will fit into the defense, but whatever. He has the ability to provide 20-30 home runs with a batting average of 0.299 since 2015,” he said.
In the end, it can be said that it is difficult to expect 20-30 homers in the season from Ha-seong Kim in San Diego. Ha-seong Kim’s position has become a bit ambiguous, but right now, the starting second baseman doesn’t seem to be a big problem. And he is valued in the center infield trade market.
Bleacher Report also mentioned the recruitment of Lugo, who can enter the starting lineup, and said, “For now, there is enough winter harvest.” For Ha-seong Kim, if he is actually traded, he can make a fresh start, and if he is in San Diego, he can try to win the World Series over the next two to three years.