The reaction of the Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves, who have emerged as trade candidates for Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres), is lukewarm. Will Kim Ha-sung’s trade be canceled?
On the 23rd (Korean time), the MLB.com official homepage of the major leagues wrote about the shortstop positions of Boston and Atlanta.
Kim Ha-seong proved his competitiveness last year as a full-time shortstop. He had a batting average of .251 (130 hits in 517 at-bats) with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs for a 0.708 OPS. His hitting ability has grown significantly since his first year in the major leagues. What stood out most about him was his defense. He surprised fans and media by making highlight films every day. After the season, he showed off his solid defense enough to be ranked second in the Gold Glove for shortstops in the National League. However, due to the transfer of Bogatz, he was pushed out of the shortstop competition and is expected to change his position to second baseman.
In this situation, Boston and Atlanta have emerged as strong trade candidates for Kim Ha-sung. Both teams lost their offseason starting shortstop. Boston transferred Zander Bogarts (31) to San Diego, and even Trevor Story (31), who will replace him, will be away for a long time due to elbow surgery. Atlanta sent Dansby Swanson (29) to the Chicago Cubs. The two teams desperately needed a shortstop reinforcement due to the transfer of a franchise star, and Kim Ha-seong, who naturally lost his position as a shortstop, emerged as the candidate.
The off-season trade rumors for Kim Ha-seong continued. The Boston area media was specific enough to pick right-handed pitcher Tenor Hauk (27) as Kim Ha-sung’s trade partner. Atlanta also continued the trade rumor with Kim Ha-sung to reinforce Swanson’s missing position. 메이저사이트
However, the situation is gradually changing. Boston acquired veteran outfielder Adam Duvall (35). Meanwhile, utility player Kike Hernandez (32) is ready to change his position to shortstop. ‘MLB.com’ said, “Hernandez has played 64 games as a shortstop, but he is eager to finally get a chance to play in his favorite position (shortstop) full-time.” .
The same goes for Atlanta. The market is being explored, but internal resources are expected to fill the shortstop void. Brian Snicker (68), Atlanta manager, said in an interview with ‘MLB.com’, “(In the shortstop vacancy) we will be fine. I will find it,” he said, saying that the shortstop vacancy is not a problem.
The trade rumors of Kim Ha-sung are gradually subsiding. Teams that needed to reinforce shortstops, such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, and Miami Marlins, completed strengthening their squads in their own ways. I wonder what the outcome of Kim Ha-sung’s trade rumors will be.