The news that the Major League Baseball San Diego Padres will promote a long-term contract with Kim Ha-seong , who is playing a limited role, and at the same time jump into the recruitment of “preliminary big leaguer” Lee Jung-hoo (24, Kiwoom Heroes). am.
If both negotiations end successfully, Ha-seong Kim and Jung-hoo Lee, who ate a pot of rice at Kiwoom from 2017 to 2020, will be able to see them playing together again in San Diego.
The Athletic, an American media, reported the news of San Diego through an article in the form of a Q&A with readers.
First, the media answered that there is a high possibility of signing a long-term contract when asked how hard San Diego is trying to renew the contract with Kim Ha-sung.
The Athletic said, “Ha-sung Kim is more likely to sign a long-term contract with San Diego than other players. told
Ha-seong Kim, who entered the major leagues through the posting system in 2021, signed a 4+1 year guaranteed contract with San Diego for $28 million. In the 2025 season, there is an option for an annual salary of $8 million, but if Ha-seong Kim gives up this, he will acquire free agent (FA) qualification.
The Athletic emphasized that they would push for a long-term contract, saying, “San Diego will not send Ha-seong Kim (by giving up the option) after the end of the 2024 season.”
Ha-seong Kim is loved by San Diego fans this year for his stable defense, fierce hitting and active base running. He appeared in 110 games and recorded a batting average of 0.288, 15 homers, 41 RBIs, 63 points, and 27 stolen bases with an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.835, his best performance since entering the major leagues.
San Diego is looking for another Korean player, and the player caught on the radar is Lee Jeong-hoo, the best hitter in the KBO League.
Lee Jung-hoo plans to challenge the major leagues this winter through the posting system like Kim Ha-seong. Major League scouts have been checking the games Lee Jung-hoo plays in for a long time, and San Diego is one of them.
The Athletic said, “One of the foreign players that San Diego will recruit in Stove League this winter is Lee Jung-hoo.
However, on the 22nd of last month, Lee Jung-hoo suffered an ankle injury in the match against the Lotte Giants, and is currently undergoing surgery and rehabilitation. There is a plan to advance to the major leagues as scheduled, but there is room for his contract to be smaller due to this injury.
The media predicted, “We will have to wait and see how the ankle injury will affect the recruitment of Lee Jung-hoo, but unfortunately, Lee Jung-hoo’s ransom may be lowered.”