The average annual salary (AAV) of $20 million is the default for an infielder who becomes a bat these days.
Trey Turner (11 years × $27.27 million), Xander Bogatz (11 years × $25.45 million), Carlos Correa (6 years × $33.33 million), Dansby Swanson (7 years × $25.28 million), Corey Seager (10 years) years × $32.5 million), Chris Bryant (7 years × $26 million), Marcus Simien (7 years × $25 million), Javier Baez (6 years × $23.33 million), Trevor Story (6 years × $23.33 million) ) are infielders who have been treated super-specially in the free agency market for the past two years. What they have in common is their excellent batting skills.
It is also a condition for Ha-seong Kim of the San Diego Padres to 메이저사이트rise to the top ranks. San Diego recently signed a 7-year, $80 million contract extension with first baseman Jake Cronenworth from next year to 2030. With the recruitment of Bogatz, he is the player who moved position chain with Kim Ha-seong.
Cronenworth is not a good defensive player as a second baseman, his original position. He was born in 1994 and is one year older than Kim Ha-seong. However, San Diego included the fact that Cronenworth is an all-weather fielder who can see first baseman, second baseman, and shortstop, and that he has one-hit power in the extension contract.
In San Diego, there was talk about who would be the target of the next contract extension after Cronenworth. Juan Soto, Blake Snell, Josh Hader, and Kim Ha-sung are mentioned. Soto, Snell, and Hader are likely to enter the free agency market at the end of this year or next year. If Kim Ha-seong also wants, he can choose free agency after the season next year.
It is unknown whether Kim Ha-seong will go to the FA market. That’s because he can’t be confident right now that he’ll get paid more than the 2025 mutual option ($7 million). However, if he proves that he is an infielder who can become a bat all season, the ‘big hit’ at the end of next year is a matter of course.
Ha-seong Kim hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park on the 4th (Korean time). It was the first walk-off home run he hit after advancing to the major leagues.
Opponent finisher Scott McGuff pulled the slider in the middle of the 90th mile on the 5th pitch and crossed the left fence with a batted ball like a clothesline. Following David Dahl’s front hitter’s home run in left center, Ha-seong Kim’s come-from-behind home run hit the San Diego dugout and the spectators were in a frenzy.
The first home run of the season was an exhilarating ending, and it seems to tell the batting condition of Kim Ha-seong at the beginning of the season. Until this day, Kim Ha-seong recorded a batting average of 0.385 (5 hits in 13 bats), 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 runs, and OPS 1.198 in 4 games. It is still at the very beginning of the season, so it cannot be evaluated prematurely, but it is showing the most stable force since its major league debut in 2021.
San Diego has recently been intensively checked by rival clubs by spending money like water. This is the tendency of owner Peter Sydler and general manager AJ Preller. If Kim Ha-seong, who has the second-best defense in the Gold Glove, is recognized as an attractive player in offense, it is very likely that he will take out a contract extension card. He’s something that needs to be tied up before becoming a free agent.
MLB.com said, ‘Cronenworth is likely the last player in the Padres’ extended contract parade. Now, San Diego will focus on each day with unprecedented expectations,’ he said, ‘but this team is the club of Peter Sidler, general manager, Preller. Nobody really knows what will happen next.”
There really is no law against Kim Ha-seong being the target of the next extended contract.