Rumors have emerged that more than half of the 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams are showing interest in Kim Ha-sung.
MLB Trade Rumors quoted Dennis Lynn’s article in “The Athlete” under the title of “Trade Candidate: Kim Ha-sung” on the 14th (local time), saying, “Kim Ha-sung is already receiving “widespread attention (as a trade candidate).” Kim Ha-sung will be the most valuable trade asset in the transfer market.”헤라카지노주소
“Kim Ha-sung has emerged as a prominent big leaguer with a winning contribution compared to a substitute (fWAR, based on fWAR) 8.1 based on his above-average batting (109 wRC+), excellent baserunning ability, and the highest level of defense over the past two years,” the media said. “San Diego earned a big profit by signing a four-year, $28 million contract with Kim Ha-sung in the winter of 2020, but there may be not enough time as Kim Ha-sung enters the final year of his contract.” He added that Kim Ha-sung has a mutual option to extend his contract in 2025, but he will be in the transfer market as he has performed well and received attention from other teams.
San Diego has recently been eager to “reduce costs.” In this Stove League, it also reduced its payroll by trading Juan Soto and Trent Grisham, and only recruited relatively small-scale players such as Yuki Matsui and Ko Woo-seok. Kim Ha-sung’s annual salary is 8 million dollars, which does not affect his finances much, but he is determined to strengthen his power with a small amount of money through trade. The media also suggested a trade plan using Kim Ha-sung, saying, “San Diego desperately needs to recruit a starting pitcher.”
The media mentioned up to 17 clubs as Kim Ha-sung’s trade candidates. Following small market teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Guardians, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Kansas City Royals, teams that need infield reinforcements such as the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, and Miami Mullins may want Kim Ha-sung, he added. It is unlikely that he will go to the Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies, but he may want Kim Ha-sung.
Among the 17 teams, Tampa Bay said it could be the most aggressive to recruit Kim Ha-sung. “Kim Ha-sung’s annual salary of 8 million dollars could be appropriate for small-budget teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays. In particular, Tampa Bay, which has a long trade history with the Padres, is a true team that can go all-in to recruit Kim Ha-sung as a World Series competitor,” he said.
However, it was predicted that Kim Ha-sung is unlikely to leave the team in a trade before the opening of the season. San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers will play the opening game of the MLB Seoul Series at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, Korea on March 20 and 21, because Kim Ha-sung is the centerpiece of the opening two consecutive games. The media said, “It is questionable whether San Diego will take an awkward situation of transferring Korean stars ahead of the Seoul series.”