As the summer approaches, news about the trade of Kim Ha-sung (29, San Diego Padres) is drawing attention again. If San Diego falls into a poor performance, chances are growing that Kim Ha-sung will leave the team.

Sports media “토토사이트” emphasized the need to reinforce shortstop on the 13th (Korea Standard Time), mentioning “the position that the Cleveland Guardians need to reinforce ahead of the trade deadline.”

Currently, Cleveland ranks first in the American League Central with a 43-23 record (winning rate of 0.652) and leads the Kansas City Royals by 5.5 games.

In the lineup, Jose Ramirez is playing with 18 home runs and an OPS of 0.877, while leadoff Steven Kwan is batting .380 despite injuries. Utility player David Fry is outstanding with a batting average of 0.321, eight home runs and an OPS of 1.017, while first baseman Josh Naylor has 17 home runs despite his batting average of 0.226.

Shortstop positions, however, remain a weakness. Both Brian Locchio and Gabriel Arias have performed worse than expected, and their adjusted scoring capacity (wRC+) at shortstop is 87, ranking 25th among the 30 MLB teams.

As a result, Cleveland is likely to consider recruiting Kim Ha-sung to reinforce its shortstop. As the trade deadline approaches, whether Kim Ha-sung will be transferred or not is expected to receive great attention.

Kim Ha-sung Emerges As Key Candidate To Reinforce Cleveland Shortstop

It is still unclear who Andres Jimenez’s partner will be in the next few years, the media said. “Instead of finding a solution inside, we can consider strengthening our shortstop position in the short term.”

He also said, “The Toronto Blue Jays’ Beau Vissette is a big name, but it’s unclear if Toronto will let him go at the trade deadline.” He added, “If the San Diego Padres are eliminated from the playoff race, Kim Ha-sung could be an interesting option.”

Kim has a batting average of 0.222 (53 hits in 239 times at bat), nine homers, 34 RBIs, 36 runs scored, 14 stolen bases and an OPS of 0.729, in 71 games this season. His batting average has decreased from last year’s 0.260 mark, but his key indicators such as home runs and stolen bases are still strong. At the current pace, he seems to be able to achieve 20 home runs and 30 stolen bases.

Kim Ha-sung’s trade possibility is increasing. He signed a four-year contract worth 28 million U.S. dollars (up to 32 million dollars including options) with the San Diego Padres ahead of the 2021 season, and this year marks his final year of his contract. Kim Ha-sung, who will soon become a free agent, is expected to attract attention from various teams due to his “half-year rental.”

Kim Ha-sung’s trade possibilities soar… Cleveland also has an eye on it

The possibility of Kim Ha-sung’s trade has been raised several times since the end of last season. “We discussed a lot of players during this winter,” San Diego Padres President A.J. Preller said in a recent interview with MLB.com . “We don’t block inquiries about any players, but we haven’t actively pushed for a trade.”

Kim performed well last year. He hit .260, 17 homers, 60 RBIs, 84 runs scored, 38 steals, and an OPS of .749 in 152 games, setting a new record for most stolen bases in a season for a Korean major leaguer. In addition, he played second, shortstop, and third baseman, and won the National League Utility Division Gold Glove, showing his above-average defensive performance.

With the San Diego Padres and Kim Ha-sung unable to sign an extension, more and more teams are looking to bring in low-cost Gold Glove Award-winning infielders. They are expected to put in an offer for San Diego ahead of the trade deadline at the end of July. The Cleveland Guardians are one of them, as Choo Shin-soo played from 2006 to 2012, which is well known to Korean fans.

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