“SD promotes extension contract with Kim Ha-sung… Lee Jung-hoo will also go ahead” Local media forecast

Local media predicted that the San Diego Padres would pursue an extension contract with Kim Ha-seong, whose ransom is skyrocketing, and that they would also engage in a scouting match for Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom Heroes).메이저놀이터

On the 11th (Korean time), American The Athletic reporter Dennis Lin delivered the news of San Diego through Q&A with readers.

The media predicted, “It is highly likely that San Diego will pursue a long-term contract with Kim Ha-sung.”

Kim Ha-seong recorded a batting average of 0.288, 15 homers, 41 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.835 in 110 MLB games this season. Stealing his name on 27 top 10s. He is valued for his higher contribution, especially in his defense. In Baseball Reference.com’s win-to-win ratio (WAR), Kim Ha-seong is 5.9, ranking second in MLB overall. 

At the time of the initial contract, the total ransom of 28 million dollars guaranteed for 4+1 years seemed not small. However, Kim Ha-seong is evaluated as a ‘low-cost, high-efficiency’ player for his outstanding performance this season. Ha-seong Kim once even came up with the possibility of trade, but recently it has emerged as an irreplaceable resource. If you reject the mutual option of $ 8 million for the 2025 season, you will qualify as a free agent (FA).

The Athletic predicted, “It may not be easy to sign a contract because the value of Ha-seong Kim is soaring, but San Diego will promote a long-term contract after the 2024 season ends.” In terms of contract renewals with Juan Soto, Blake Snell, and Josh Hader, Ha-seong Kim predicted that he would lead the way. 

Reporter Dennis Lin reported that San Diego is also interested in signing Lee Jung-hoo. Lee Jung-hoo declared early last winter that he would challenge to enter the MLB through the posting system (private competitive bidding).

The media introduced, “Lee Jung-hoo is a strong candidate for an overseas star that San Diego can bring to the United States this offseason.” He added that Park Chan-ho is in charge of the club’s special advisor, and considering the relationship he was a colleague with Kim Ha-sung, some teams see San Diego as the most likely team to recruit Lee Jung-hoo. “Until recently, the San Diego club sent high-ranking officials to Korea to closely observe and evaluate Lee’s performance,” he said. “However, an ankle injury could lower his ransom.”

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