‘Trade Rumor’ Kim Ha-sung Could Extend Contract With San Diego… Will It Break ‘$150 Million’

January 12, 2024 | by

Will Major League Baseball (MLB) Kim Ha-sung (28, San Diego Padres) be able to return to Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul in March.

Dennis Lin, a San Diego reporter for The Athletic, said in a question-and-answer session with fans on the 10th (Korea time), “Kim Ha-sung is receiving more attention from the team than in the Juan Soto (New York Yankees) trade thanks to his defense in gold gloves and his low salary.” Soto, who was traded from San Diego to the Yankees last month, is one of the representative sluggers of MLB 헤라카지노.

The trade itself is important, but for Korean fans, it is a matter of whether they will participate in the Seoul Series. San Diego will play the opening game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:05 p.m. on March 20 and 21 at Gocheok Dome in Seoul. It is the first Korean opening game in MLB history, and it is more meaningful for Korean fans as it is Kim Ha-sung from Kiwoom Heroes. A large number of Japanese players, including Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Yu Darvish, and Yuki Matsui (San Diego), will participate.

Media sources said chances of immediate trade are slim. This is because what the club wants is to rebuild the team after 2025 rather than immediately reducing his salary in 2024. Kim Ha-sung’s annual salary, which is 8 million U.S. dollars (10.5 billion won) this year, is less burdensome. However, if he becomes a free agent after this season, the club will not be able to catch him due to soaring pay, which means that the team should change him to a promising player it needs before then.

“I don’t think the club will sign an extension contract with him. Jackson Merrill, an infield prospect, will replace Kim Ha-sung,” Lean said. “San Diego wants to remain competitive this year. Trade will not take place.”

Some predict that his salary will be paid in the future. “Unexpectedly, if San Diego extends his contract with Kim Ha-sung before the opening game, it will reach 150 million U.S. dollars from 130 million dollars for seven years including this year,” Lee said. If so, he will surpass the record of the highest amount of Korean players (seven years and 130 million dollars) set by the SSG Landers in 2013.

In addition, he said, “Considering the inflation of Trevor Story (Boston Red Sox) after signing a contract two years ago (six years and $140 million), an average of $20 million (KRW 26.3 billion) per year will be a low price,” adding, “Lee Jung-hoo, who is close to Kim Ha-sung, signed a six-year, $113 million (KRW 148.6 billion) contract with the San Francisco Giants.” Lee Jung-hoo is three years younger than Kim Ha-sung, but he is likely to fall short of Kim Ha-sung in defense and baserunning. Even if Kim Ha-sung is sluggish in attack this year, he will contribute to the victory in other ways, such as playing multiple infield positions.”


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