The San Diego Padres are not messing around in the 2021 season. In the last few days, they have been the talk of the MLB with their acquisitions. Through a 48-hour period, the Padres acquired 2 Cy Young level pitchers and now, the top international prospect.
The latest report is that the Padres have signed free-agent infielder Ha-Seong Kim out of the KBO. Kim became available to all MLB teams earlier this month when the Kiwoom Heroes posted him for bidding. At just 25-years old, Kim has already been playing in the KBO for 7 seasons. It is because of his experience that he got to be posted much earlier than most KBO stars have been in the past.
The Padres reportedly plan to shift Jake Cronenworth from second base to left field in order to make room for Kim in the infield. San Diego will stick with Tatis Jr at short and move Kim over to second for the foreseeable future. Kim’s contract is reported to be for 4 years and well under the totals predicted by most MLB experts.
Kim was rated as one of the top free agents across MLB at the start of the offseason, and the #1 overall international free agents available. He batted .306 with 30 homeruns and 109 runs driven in to go along with 23 stolen bases during the 2020 season with Kiwoom.
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