"Kim Ha-sung to Tampa Bay, the most undervalued player in ML"... 52 billion won second baseman, SD is slowly ending

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asked Feb 9 in H&E by zportzs30 (580 points)

"Kim Ha-sung is the most underrated player in the major leagues."

Bleacher Report's Zachary D. Reimer offered to trade the San Diego Padres for the Tampa Bay Rays on the 7th (KST). Reimer sent Kim Ha-sung to Tampa Bay to claim Harold Ramirez, who can play outfield and first base, and Xavier Isaac, a prospect at first base.

Reimer suggested several trades through this article. In the case of San Diego, the outfielders actually deteriorated after trading Juan Soto and Trent Grisham (New York Yankees). By this point, it seems that the team will eventually fill up the vacancy internally.

However, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported that Tampa Bay actually wants Kim Ha-sung, and San Diego is also actively watching Ramirez. For this reason, Reimer argued that his offer was not unacceptable.

A Padres source said, "The San Diego Padres will deploy only Fernando Tatis Jr. and Jose Azoka to its 40-man spring training outfield. The team desperately needs to reinforce its outfield players before March, but it seems that the team is hesitating to sign a free agent contract due to a cut in salary. We can revive the outfielders through trade."

Padres insiders point out that there is a wide gap between San Diego fans' thoughts and feelings and the club's position. San Diego cannot afford to offer 100 million U.S. dollars to second baseman Kim Ha-sung, who is worth 39 million dollars in the free agent market one year later. If so, the team has no choice but to trade after the Seoul Series and before the trade deadline.

Inside the Padres, "It will not be easy for San Diego fans to see Ha Sung-Kim leave because he is having the best season of his career, ranking 14th in the National League MVP voting." However, with Tatis, Manny Machado and Xander Bogaerts signing large contracts for the next 10 years, it may be difficult to keep Ha Sung-Kim's remaining career within budget in San Diego

"If Tampa Bay does a deal with someone, it's probably San Diego," Reimer said. That leads to the signing of Kim Ha-sung, who has a strong case as the most underrated player in the majors today. Kim Ha-sung is a Gold Glove defender and has been strong enough in attack to be worth more than five WARs in the last two seasons in a row

Reimer continued, "In other words, Kim Ha-sung is a better choice at shortstop than Jose Caballero (Tampa Bay), and he is one of the players Tampa Bay wants in this trade. According to Rosenthal, San Diego is actively shopping for Ramirez.



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