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88th in MLB rankings + the majesty of Kim Ha-seong, the biggest

Major League Network released the rankings from 81st to 100th on the 7th (Korean time) as part of the 'Top 100 Major League Players Currently' program. I was glad to hear the name of Kim Ha-seong (29, San Diego). Kim Ha-seong, who caused controversy by not being included in the previously released 'Top 10 Second Baseman' list, ranked 88th in this ranking and was personally included in the 'TOP 100' for the first time.

Major League Network's rankings are selected by its own projection, called the "Schrader Projection." 'Shredder Projection' ranks players based on their performance over the past two years since 2014, expected performance for next season, weighting by defensive position, awards and reputation, etc. Among Korean players, Choo Shin-soo opened a new path by being selected as one of the TOP 100 players in 2014, and Ryu Hyun-jin, who was in his second prime, showed off his spirit by being included in this list in 2020 and 2021. After Ryu Hyun-jin, there was no Korean player in this category, and Kim Ha-seong followed.

Ha-seong Kim proved his worth by ranking higher than Matt Chapman or Jordan Montgomery, who are likely to sign contracts worth more than $100 million in this year's free agent market. In fact, Ha-seong Kim has been very active over the past two years, becoming not only a solid starting player for San Diego, but also emerging as the league's most outstanding center infielder (second baseman and shortstop).

Last year, he won the Gold Glove Award in the National League Utility Category, earning him the honor of becoming the first Asian infielder to win the Gold Glove Award. He was a finalist for the Gold Glove for two consecutive years and even won the award last year, being recognized for his top-class defense in the league. In addition, he showed off his main power and sense at the same time by recording 38 stolen bases last year, and also showed remarkable growth in attack, which can be said to be the last key, establishing himself as an all-round player.

◆ A one-on-one trade does not match the cards, which is why Ha-seong Kim has grown so much.

Now, the focus is on Ha-seong Kim’s future plans. Ha-seong Kim, who signed a four-year contract with San Diego ahead of the 2021 season, will become eligible for free agency at the end of the 2024 season. San Diego may desperately want a mutual option for 2025, but the likelihood that Kim Ha-seong will accept it is close to zero. As the time to enter the market approaches, trade rumors naturally arise. Ha-Sung Kim is considered one of the players with the most trade rumors this offseason.

On the 8th (Korean time), the U.S. sports media outlet 'Bleacher Report' attracted attention by covering possible scenarios in this year's trade market. Edward Cabrera (Miami), Kenley Jansen (Boston), Emmanuel Classe (Cleveland), Devin Williams (Milwaukee), Willy Adames (Milwaukee), Ha-seong Kim (San Diego), and Dylan Seeds (Chicago White Sox) are the most interested in this trade market. The scenarios of these big players were covered.

Among them, a trade scenario for Kim Ha-seong with the Tampa Bay Rays was discussed. 'Bleacher Report' discussed a scenario in which San Diego sends Kim Ha-seong to Tampa Bay and instead receives all-weather player Harold Ramirez and first base prospect Javier Isaac. Ramirez is an attack-oriented player who can play first base and the outfield. Isaac is a top prospect in Tampa Bay. According to Major League Pipeline, he is among Tampa Bay's top 5 prospects.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
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