The possibility of a trade for San Diego Padres shortstop Kim Ha-seong (28) has surfaced again.
The US sports media ‘Sports Illustrated’ said on the 6th (Korean time), “Can the Dodgers recruit a shortstop through a trade with San Diego? San Diego has a pretty good shortstop.”
The media also mentioned on the 3rd, “One of the trades that Andrew Friedman (Dodgers president) can make is the signing of Ha-seong Kim, an infielder from San Diego and the main shortstop last season.”
The Dodgers have been quiet this offseason. Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Joey Gallo, Tyler Anderson, Andrew Heaney and Chris Martin all left as free agents. Key players have left, but the void has yet to be filled.
Kim Ha-seong is considered a sufficiently attractive trade card. In addition, the competition for shortstop in San Diego is getting fierce. The media said, “San Diego’s Xander Bogarts recruitment is interesting. You can’t blame them for wanting as many of the best players as possible. However, there is Kim Ha-seong, a shortstop who advanced to the Gold Glove finals, and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. will also return in the new season.”
San Diego has strengthened its strength this offseason by 안전놀이터 acquiring giant shortstop Xander Bogarts, veteran utility Matt Carpenter, and reliever Seth Lugo with starting experience. In addition, 42 home run hitter Fernando Tatis Jr. will also return after being lifted from a banned substance ban.
Ha-seong Kim was recognized for his defense enough to be the final candidate for the 2022 Gold Glove NL shortstop. However, competing for the starting position may not be easy. Among them, Kim Ha-seong is being mentioned as a trade card for the Dodgers, who need reinforcements in the infield.
Kim Ha-seong recorded a batting average of .251, 11 homers, 59 RBIs, an on-base percentage of .325, a slugging percentage of .383, and an OPS of .708 in 150 games last season. It showed better results than his 2021 big league debut season, when he posted 8 homers and 34 RBIs with a batting average of 2.2 and 2. His defensive prowess was appreciated.
The media said, “Ha-seong Kim will be suitable as the starting shortstop. Ha-seong Kim was a very solid player without Tatis Jr. He played 131 games as a shortstop.”’