22 December 2023

Will it be real this time? Kim Ha-sung’s trade rumors are popping up again

By pestfood.com

Kim Ha-sung’s “trade rumors” continue.

USA Today Bob Nightingale appeared on a podcast broadcast on December 21 (Korea Standard Time) and said that the San Diego Padres put Kim Ha-sung on the trade market.

The players mentioned by Nightingale are Kim Ha-sung and Jake Cronenworth. The constant rumors of trade are also due to San Diego’s financial problems. San Diego is experiencing significant financial difficulties. San Diego, which was also known to have taken out tens of millions of dollars in loans for labor costs in September, is currently doing its best to reduce its total annual salary.

Kim Ha-sung, who will mark the last year of his four-year, $28 million contract, has an annual salary of $8 million next year. Based on luxury tax calculations, he is a player with an annual average of $7 million. It is not a huge amount, but if Kim Ha-sung’s annual salary is the minimum-salary players or several players who have just been eligible to apply for salary adjustment can be hired. As the value has risen significantly during the best season, he may prepare for the future by exchanging them with top prospects.

Things are a little different for Cronenworth. A seven-year, 80 million-dollar extension will start in the 2024 season. Although the actual payment is increasing, he has to pay more than 10 million dollars a year on average, and he will turn 30 in January. He was selected as an All-Star for the second consecutive year in the 2021-2022 season, has utility skills, and has recorded 20 or more home runs in the 2021 season, but he was sluggish in the 2023 season. He may not be very attractive in the market.

Interest in Kim Ha-sung is hot. The San Francisco Giants, who signed Lee Jung-hoo, need a shortstop. Some predict that Kim Ha-sung may be recruited through trade. The Boston Red Sox, where Trevor Story, who signed a large FA contract, is disappointed, is also a team that is constantly appearing in Kim Ha-sung’s trade rumors. 랭크카지노

However, it remains to be seen whether the trade will actually take place. San Diego is likely to want something substantial in return for giving up Kim Ha-sung, just like it did in the trade with Juan Soto. However, chances are high that the team, which wants to recruit Kim Ha-sung, will seek to cut the price, given that he will become an FA next winter. Unlike Soto, Kim Ha-sung’s annual salary is not too high, which makes it easy for San Diego to withdraw from the market.

Trade rumors surrounding Kim Ha-sung existed last winter and have continued. Even Kim Ha-sung himself said he doesn’t care much anymore. Attention is focusing on which team Kim Ha-sung will start the 2024 season.