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Will Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres), who was embroiled in trade rumors this winter, spend his fourth season in San Diego after entering the big league?
When asked on the 11th (Korean time) whether trading Ha-seong Kim would be the best opportunity, Dennis Lin of The Athletic, an American sports media outlet, replied, "I think so," and added, "Ha-seong Kim is the best trade candidate for this off-season." "He is the player who received the most attention this season. There are nine months left until he becomes a free agent, and it is unlikely that San Diego will raise the money necessary to extend his contract," he predicted.
He went on to say, "If prospect Jackson Merrill is ready, he could replace Ha-Seong Kim cheaply somewhere in the infield." Lin's idea was that if San Diego, which has started to downsize, maintains the current trend, it could find an alternative within the team with the trade of Ha-seong Kim.
However, Lin said, "Ha-Sung Kim could be traded before the opening two games (Seoul Series), but it is unlikely. San Diego is trying to be competitive this year, and Ha-Sung Kim can provide great value to the team with his $8 million annual salary. "The team has the ability to maintain high expectations for Ha-seong Kim. As injuries occur in other teams during spring training, the demand for center infielders may increase, or there may be injuries within the San Diego team. “There is,” he explained.
Thursday, January 11, 2024