The San Diego Padres, who lost Lee Jung-hoo (25) to the San Francisco Giants, are expected to trade Kim Ha-sung (28).
The Athletic, a U.S. media outlet, said on the 17th (Korea time), “When Lee Jung-hoo held a press conference in San Francisco on the 16th, San Diego looked a little disappointed. San Diego was not surprised that San Francisco gave Lee Jung-hoo a six-year, $113 million contract. However, even though San Diego wanted Lee Jung-hoo, the amount offered by its rivals in the district exceeded San Diego’s territory,” adding that San Diego actively pursued recruiting Lee Jung-hoo.월카지노
Lee Jung-hoo is Korea’s best hitter with a batting average of 340,000 (1181 hits in 3,476 times at bat) with 65 home runs and 515 RBIs in 884 games in the KBO League. He challenged to advance to the Major League through posting this winter and signed with San Francisco after receiving attention from many clubs.
“According to league officials, San Diego has made a considerable offer to Lee Jung-hoo. However, it is not close to San Francisco’s offer. As widely known, San Diego is expected to open its season with less than 200 million dollars in payroll next year,” The Athletic said. “Although San Diego wanted Lee Jung-hoo, it was not enough to change its goal to avoid luxury tax.”
The standard of luxury tax in the Major League next season is 237 million U.S. dollars. “San Diego wants to keep its payroll below the luxury tax standard,” The Athletic said. According to FanGraphs, San Diego’s payroll will be 152 million dollars next year, while its annual average payroll will be 205 million dollars. Other media outlet Coats Contracts calculated the amount as 148 million dollars and 1909 million dollars as luxury tax.”
San Diego has already traded its top star Juan Soto to the Yankees. On top of that, there is a possibility that the team could trade infielder Jake Cronenworth for Kim Ha-sung. The Athletic predicted, “San Diego now has eight vacancies on its 40-man roster. And the budget is much smaller. The trade between Cronenworth and Kim Ha-sung caught fire.”
Kim Ha-sung is in his third year in the Major League this year. He had a career-high season with .266 batting average (140 hits in 538 at-bats) with 17 homers, 60 RBIs, 84 runs scored and 38 stolen bases with OPS.749, and he also played second, shortstop, and third baseman in defense, winning the Gold Glove in the utility category of the National League. Based on baseball statistics website Baseball Reference, he ranked 11th with WAR (contribution to victory compared to substitute players) of 5.8.
Kim Ha-sung, whose reputation has soared due to his performance this year, is currently one of the most valuable players in San Diego. He recorded the highest WAR among fielders in his team, but his annual salary next year is only 7 million dollars. Since it is virtually impossible to trade players who have signed mega contracts such as Fernando Tatis Jr. (14 years, 340 million dollars), Manny Machado (11 years, 350 million dollars), and Xander Bogaerts (11 years, 280 million dollars), Kim Ha-sung is the only player that other clubs will covet the most. Moreover, since Kim Ha-sung will become an FA after the end of next season, if he does not intend to sign an extension contract, it may be more profitable to make a trade from San Diego’s point of view.
If Kim Ha-sung is traded before the opening of the season, Korean fans will be greatly disappointed. This is because the opening game of the regular season between San Diego and the Dodgers will be held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on March 21st and 22nd next year. If Kim Ha-sung, who used Gocheok Dome as his home stadium when he was in Kiwoom, is missing, it is true that it is regrettable for Korean fans.
Fans are watching San Diego’s movement to see if Kim Ha-sung can return to Gocheok Dome next year.