San Diego… Is Kim Ha-sung trading for “Golden Glove”?

December 19, 2023 | by

U.S. media reported that San Diego, a U.S. professional baseball team suffering from poor finances, put Kim Ha-sung, who received a Golden Glove this year, on the trade market.

The Athletic of the U.S. said on the 18th (Korea Standard Time), “San Diego, which has entered the tightening finances, classified infielders Kim Ha-sung and Jake Cronenworth as trade targets.”

San Diego spent a huge amount of money to win the title ahead of the 2023 season. It spent 630 million U.S. dollars on contracts with Xander Bogaerts and Manny Machado. It awarded the Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish 108 million dollars.

However, the team’s performance was not good enough. The team had more than 50 percent of wins and 80 losses with a winning rate of 0.506, but failed to advance to the postseason.

To make matters worse, it reportedly borrowed a large amount of $50 million (KRW 65.125 billion) in September to solve short-term cash liquidity problems.

Eventually, San Diego went into austerity. Juan Soto and Trent Grisham, who were highly paid, were traded to the New York Yankees. In order to further reduce their livelihoods, a trade between Kim Ha-sung and Cronenworth was mentioned.

Kim Ha-sung had a batting average of 0.260 with 17 homers and 60 RBIs, 84 runs scored with 38 steals, and an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 0.749. He showed off his outstanding defense by moving between second and third basemen and shortstop. He also won the 월카지노 Gold Glove National League Utility Award.

Kim Ha-sung, who hit a career high this year, will be paid 7 million dollars next year. After next season, Kim will be eligible for free agency.


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