Why didn’t we sign Kim Hae-Sung a year ago?

The Boston Red Sox are on the trade market for a second baseman. Ha-Sung Kim (28, San Diego Padres), who was a possible trade target for Boston a year ago, has resurfaced. It’s unlikely that a trade will happen, as his value has skyrocketed in the past year.

On Aug. 8 (KST), The Athletic reported the possibility of Boston acquiring a second baseman via trade. Craig Breslow, Boston’s new president of baseball operations (CBO), said, “We’re having conversations about adding a second baseman through free agency or trade. There’s a good chance we’ll get him via trade.”

“Ideally, it would be a right-handed hitter who can play Gold Glove-caliber defense,” Breslow said, explaining that a second baseman with better defense than hitting is a trade target. Given the pitching staff’s ability to induce infield ground balls, there is a greater emphasis on defense.

Based on OAA, a measure of outs compared to average, The Athletic identified Whit Merrifield (4-FA), Ha Sung Kim (7), and Brandon Drury (5-LA Angels) 카지노사이트킴 as two second basemen Boston could be interested in. With Merrifield being a free agent, Kim and Drury would be the top options.

MLB Trade Rumors, which broke the news, did not see a trade for Kim as likely.

“A trade of Kim would only make sense if San Diego continues to shrink the payroll (total team salary). The prospect cost of acquiring Kim would not be insignificant.

The Padres traded center fielder Juan Soto and starting center fielder Trent Grisham to the New York Yankees to reduce the payroll, but they are not in a rebuilding mode. They need their center field core, Kim Ha-Sung, to make a run next year. If they do make a trade, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to part with Kim, whose value has skyrocketed in the past year.

Kim was also rumored to be traded last offseason, with Boston being one of the leading contenders. The Red Sox were in need of shortstop reinforcements after losing starting shortstop Xander Bogaerts to San Diego in free agency and another shortstop option, Trevor Story, missed the first half of the season with elbow surgery. Ha-Sung Kim, who played full-time shortstop last year, was the right fit for Boston.

The Boston local media has been calling for the Red Sox to acquire Kim in a trade.

Pitchers Chris Sale and Tanner Hawk were also mentioned as possible trade pieces, but it never materialized. The trade discussions were never publicized and ended in media speculation.

Boston started utility Kike Hernandez at shortstop, but his defense faltered, and his story of returning from injury in the second half of the season was lackluster. In addition to shortstop, the Red Sox also had holes at second base. Ten different players started at second base, but they combined to hit just .240/.286/.376. As a result, Boston finished the season in fifth place in the American League (AL) East. Next year, the Red Sox will be hoping for a resurgence from Story at shortstop, but they don’t have much to look forward to at second base.

If the Red Sox had acquired Ha-Sung Kim in a trade a year ago, they wouldn’t have this much trouble with the keystone duo. After shifting from shortstop to second base this year, 사설토토 Ha-Sung Kim hit like a champ, winning the National League (NL) Gold Glove for utility. With his value skyrocketing over the past year, he is literally the icing on the cake for Boston.