“Kim Ha-sung, attractive trade resource.” You’re leaving San Diego? It’s not number one
“Kim Ha-sung is attractive with his trade resources.”
Rumors of a trade between Kim Ha-sung (San Diego Padres) have once again been raised. Deerslastic Dennis Lynn mentioned the possibility of a trade between Kim Ha-sung and Trent Grisham on the 30th (Korea Standard Time), saying San Diego could reinforce the starting lineup.
In San Diego, Darvish Yu, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove’s first to third starters are strong. However, it is true that the 4th to 5th starters are somewhat weak to win the World Series. Deerslatic reported that San Diego is interested in Miami starter Pablo Lopez.
However, DearSlatic approached carefully whether Kim Ha-sung would actually be traded. San Diego’s recruitment of Xander Bogartz has saturated the infield, but it is also true that it is difficult to make an easy decision considering Kim Ha-sung’s multi-position performance, stable defense, and trust within the team. In addition, given that Fernando Tatis Jr., who will return next year, will turn to the outfield and that Manny Machado may declare an FA after the 2023 season, it is hard to say that the infield is very relaxed.
Therefore, Deerslatic analyzed that center fielder Trent Grisham is actually more likely to trade than Kim Ha-sung. His offense has been a little weak recently, but his defense is good. MLB Trade Rumours also predicted that Grisham would have considerable value in the trade market.
Nevertheless, MLB Trade Rumors said about Ha-sung, “It is attractive as a trade resource. Powerfully,” he said. He explained that Kim Ha-sung’s defense was outstanding and was recognized enough to be nominated for the National League shortstop Gold Glove. The 4+1-year $39 million contract was also worth it.
MLB Trade Rumors said the trade between San Diego’s Kim Ha-sung or Grisham is not urgent. However, Deerslatic’s report also made sense. It is also pointed out that the 4th to 5th starters are unstable, and Darvish and Snell are entering the 2023-2024 FA market.
Kim Ha-sung still has two years left to sign a guarantee contract in San Diego. However, it is certain that its value as a trade sale will increase as it can play multiple positions, has defensive and mobility, and batting is getting better. For now, the 2023 season is likely to start as the starting second baseman.