Eventually, Ha-seong Kim is expected to enter the new season as an infielder for the San Diego Padres.
The Boston Red Sox, which had been mentioned as a potential trade destination for Ha-sung Kim, recruited a new shortstop.
On the 25th (Korean time), Boston agreed to trade with the Kansas City Royals for left-hander bullpen Josh Taylor, infielder Adalberto Mondesi, one player, and cash. ESPN evaluated that ‘Boston has strengthened the middle infield depth, which has suffered a lot this winter due to free agents and injuries’.
Mondesi, who joined Kansas City as an amateur free agent in 2011, made his major league debut in 2016 and served as a backup infielder. His primary position is shortstop, and he is an all-weather infielder who also plays second and third base.
Mondesi made his major league debut as an infielder with power and mobility, which is rare these days. The career high was in 2019, and he played in 102 games that year, hitting 0.263, 9 homers, 62 RBIs, and 43 stolen bases. In 2020, a 60 game season, he has 24 stolen bases in 59 games and has such fast feet that he was ranked first overall in this category. 메이저놀이터
Last year, after participating in 15 games at the beginning of the season, he underwent surgery on his left knee at the end of April and ended the season. At the time of the surgery, it was diagnosed that rehabilitation would take nine months, so normal training is possible from this spring camp.
Boston tasted the pain of losing their signature shortstop Xander Bogarts in the free agency market this open season. Bogaerts wore a San Diego uniform for 11 years and $280 million. Also, the Keystone duo virtually collapsed as second baseman Trevor Story recently underwent elbow ligament surgery.
First of all, the main shortstop is expected to be Enrique Hernandez, who has been active as center fielder for two years after moving to Boston. Boston manager Alex Cora’s idea is to have shortstop Hernandez and second baseman Mondesi if there are no more infielders.
It is observed that the demand for Kim Ha-seong has decreased significantly as Boston has reorganized the infield to some extent. However, there are also criticisms that Boston is passive in recruiting a major infielder.
Fanside, a local fan media, said on this day, ‘Why did Boston ignore Ha-sung Kim and Jake Cronenworth, who came out to the trade market? Luis Araez also had high requirements, but not impossible. Why don’t you sign with Jurickson Profar? See if the Rockies are willing to sell Brendan Rodgers.” “Boston brought in Adam Duvall and Mondesi instead. “It’s worse than the Yankees still trusting Aaron Hicks and Isaiah Kayner Palapa.”
It is pointed out that there are a lot of clear infield resources in the market, but the wrong players were brought in.