He’s become a hot commodity on the trade market. The San Diego Padres want Kim, 28, but San Diego doesn’t seem to want to sell him either.
Jim Borden, a columnist for The Athletic and a former Major League Baseball general manager, held a Q&A with fans on Monday (Nov. 21) about 25 different trade scenarios.
At the top of the list is Juan Soto (San Diego). The first fan to ask about Soto’s whereabouts was Kim Ha-seong, who plays alongside Soto.
The Boston fan tweeted, “While everyone is drooling over Soto, I have my eye on another trade candidate from San Diego. Kim would single-handedly fix several weaknesses on the Boston roster. Boston could have a second baseman who can also cover shortstop. He would add defense, balance, and a speedy right-handed hitter to the lineup. It doesn’t get much more perfect than that, in my opinion. New general manager Craig Breslow emphasized the need for Kim by asking, “What would it take to get him from San Diego president A.J. Preller?
Bowden then responded, “Boston has already had trade talks with the Cincinnati Reds for Jonathan India and the New York Yankees for Gleyber Torres. ‘There’s no question that second base is a priority for the Red Sox,’ he said, ‘and coming off the best season of his career, Ha-Sung Kim would be a perfect fit.
Bowden also mentioned a realistic possibility. ‘Unfortunately for Boston, San Diego is not willing to trade Ha-Sung Kim, who is due $8 million next year,’ he said, ‘but any player can be traded for the right price. If Boston is willing to sell second base prospect Nick York and controllable starting pitcher Tanner Hauck, who could help San Diego right away, Preller would consider it.
Nick York is a former first-round draft pick in the 2020 First-Year Player Draft who pitched in this year’s Futures Game. He is currently playing in Double-A and has a .785 OPS with 13 home runs, 61 RBIs, and 13 doubles in 110 games (119-for-444). He’s the sixth-best prospect in Boston’s organization according to MLB Pipeline prospect rankings. Among second base prospects, he ranks seventh in the majors. Even with Kim’s departure, the Red Sox need to provide a counteroffer to fill the void. 보스토토
Additionally, Hauck is a starting pitcher who made his debut in 2020 and went 6-10 with a 5.01 ERA in 21 games as a starter this year. In order to get him, the team would have to offer a top-tier prospect and an immediate starter, if not a pillar of the organization.