Recruitment of Boston shortstop Mondesi, possibility of Ha-seong Kim staying at SD increases
The Boston Red Sox, which was mentioned as a potential trade candidate for Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres), recruited Adalberto Mondesi (28) as a new shortstop. 메이저사이트
American Major League Baseball (MLB) Boston announced on the 25th (Korean time) that it made a trade to bring Mondesi to the Kansas City Royals instead of sending left-handed pitcher Josh Taylor.
Mondesi made his big league debut in 2016 in a Kansas City uniform. However, he only played in 358 games in 7 seasons due to frequent injuries. His career batting average is 0.244. Last year, the season was out due to a torn cruciate ligament in his left knee after 15 games.
Mondesi is known for his excellent defense and quick feet. He posted 32 steals and 43 steals in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
Boston needed reinforcement as Xander Bogarts, who played as their starting shortstop until last season, signed a free agent (FA) contract with San Diego and left.
On the other hand, San Diego acquired Bogatz for a total of 280 million dollars (347.2 billion won) in 11 years, and Fernando Tatis Jr., who was absent last year due to surgery and taking banned substances, is also scheduled to return at the end of April. It is necessary to control the traffic of positions and existing forces. As a result, it is predicted that Kim Ha-seong, who can digest both shortstop, third baseman, and second baseman, will be used as a trade card. Among them, Boston, which lost Bogatz, was predicted to be a candidate for Kim Ha-sung. Boston also considered trading Kim Ha-sung, but it is said that they could not find an agreement in negotiations with San Diego.
As a result, Kim Ha-seong is more likely to play in the opening game wearing a San Diego uniform this season. The Athletic, an American media outlet, predicted that there is a 75% chance that Ha-seong Kim will play in a San Diego uniform before the opening game.