As the Boston Red Sox lost all their keystone combinations, the possibility of recruiting Kim Ha-seong (28) from the San Diego Padres increased.
MLB.com, the official major league media, reported on the 11th (Korean time), “Boston infielder Trevor Story underwent right elbow collateral ligament (UCL) reinforcement surgery.” Tommy John surgery is likely to return within the damaged season, but it has become inevitable to miss a significant number of games.
Boston’s starting shortstop Zander Bogarts left the team this winter. San Diego acquired Bogarts with an 11-year, $280 million contract. Still, Boston hasn’t shown much movement to reinforce its shortstop so far. In this situation, Boston took an emergency as the main second baseman Story was injured. It is possible to fill the void with existing players such as Enrique Hernandez and Christian Arroyo, but in that case, there may be a problem with a series of blanks in other positions.
The Gloucester Times, an American media, pointed out that Boston needs to recruit an infielder, saying, “Boston must definitely move.” When Carlos Correa signed a six-year, $200 million contract with Minnesota, he insisted on targeting the trade market as big players disappeared from the free agent market. 온라인카지노
The recruitment candidates mentioned by this media included Kim Ha-seong. Kim Ha-seong took over as the starting shortstop last year when Fernando Tatis Jr. was unable to play a single game due to an injury and an 80-game suspension. He showed growth in batting, recording a batting average of 2.5 and 1 Lee (130 hits in 517 at-bats), 11 home runs, and 59 RBIs with an OPS of .708 in 150 games, and was nominated for the National League shortstop Gold Glove, and his defense was also recognized.
After Bogatz’s transfer, local media in Boston consistently voiced that Boston should recruit Kim Ha-seong. The Gloucester Times said, “San Diego recruited Bogarts as a shortstop. Then there’s second baseman Jake Cronenworth and third baseman Manny Machado, all-stars at each position. Tatis Jr. will also return this year,” predicting that Ha-seong Kim is highly likely to be traded.
“Ha-seong Kim has become a top-class shortstop in defense since coming from Korea in 2021,” said the Gloucester Times, who commented, “Ha-seong Kim recorded solid numbers at bat and is tied up with a relatively cheap contract. Given these points, he was a perfect fit for Boston.”
Other than Ha-seong Kim, other players that Boston could target include Ahmed Rosario (Cleveland), Nico Horner (Cubs), Jorge Mateo (Baltimore), and Brendan Rodgers (Colorado).