The popularity of San Diego Padres Kim Ha-seong (28) does not seem to cool down. This time, rumors of a trade with the Miami Marlins are circulating.
‘MLB.com’ said on the 14th (Korean time), “Miami right-hander Pablo Lopez has been rumored to be traded for a while, and he is a suitable player for many teams. In particular, there is a possibility of being traded for San Diego shortstop Kim Ha-sung.”
San Diego is short of starting agents. There is a solid rotation that leads to Darvish Yu, Blaise Snell, and Joe Musgrove, but the lower starting lineup is poor. If San Diego embraces Lopez, the weight of the starting rotation will definitely change. Lopez went 10-10 with a 3.75 ERA in 180 innings over 32 games last season. 스포츠토토
On the other hand, Miami needs a shortstop. Shortstop Miguel Rojas is moving to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and this year, Joy Wendle is being mentioned as a starting pitcher. However, there are risks involved in entrusting Wendell with the main role. If Ha-seong Kim heads to Miami, there is a high probability that he will be the starting shortstop.
This winter, San Diego signed a one-year, $280 million (approximately 348.7 billion won) contract with shortstop Xander Bogarts, and rumors of Kim Ha-sung’s trade are steadily circulating.
In addition to Miami, Kim Ha-seong continues to be linked with the Boston Red Sox, which needs reinforcements in the infield. Boston will miss the first half with Bogarts leaving for San Diego and Trevor Story undergoing elbow surgery. In an interview, Boston president Chaim Bloom also expressed his intention to reinforce infielders through free agency recruitment or trade.
With the joining of Bogatz, Kim Ha-seong will move to second base, and Jake Cronenworth will likely take over first base defense. However, Matt Carpenter may start at first base as San Diego recently acquired professional designated hitter Nelson Cruz. San Diego needs infield traffic control. The situation is rather subtle.