San Diego Padres infielder Ha-seong Kim, 27, has been so dominant in Major League Baseball (MLB) that he has even raised the profile of San Diego general manager A.J. Preller, who spearheaded his signing. The Athletic, a U.S. online sports publication, published an article on Nov. 11 (KST) in which it responded to readers’ questions, highlighting Kim’s performance while also evaluating Freller .In response to a reader’s question about Kim’s performance, the publication said, “With San Diego’s star players currently struggling, Kim has continued to perform remarkably well,” adding, “It’s the best thing that Freller has ever done.” “There’s a good chance the Padres will try to sign him to a long-term deal,” he said. “They have Juan Soto, Blake Snell, and Josh Hader, but I don’t think he’ll demand as much money as those guys.” “Kim could play for San Diego through 2025 under a mutual option with the club, which would allow San Diego to pursue a long-term deal after the 2024 season,” The Athletic predicted. Preller’s aggressive recruiting drive hasn’t been well-received on the field. Key free agent acquisitions at astronomical cost have underperformed expectations. In particular, the Padres signed shortstop Xander Bogaerts to an 11-year, $280 million deal before the season, which was criticized as a waste of money .One fan asked, “Why did the Padres sign Boharz when they had quality shortstops like Ha Sung Kim and Fernando Tatis Jr. They could have spent the money more efficiently, like signing Soto to an extension ?”San Diego had good defense and starting pitching, but offense was an issue,” the Dodgers explained, “especially with (starting third baseman) Manny Machado’s possible opt-out after the 2023 season, which was an insurance policy at the time.”Boharz, who will make $25 million this year, has pushed Kim Ha-seong out of the starting shortstop role, but he has put up mediocre numbers with a .265 batting average, 11 home runs, and 37 RBIs .In the midst of all this, Kim, who was not expected to do much, has turned in one of the best performances in the league and has become Preller’s saving grace .This season, Kim is batting .288 (1st) with 15 home runs (4th), 41 RBIs (5th), a .384 on-base percentage (2nd), a .451 slugging percentage (3rd), and 27 stolen bases (1st-overall team).His 5.9 wins above replacement (WAR), as measured by baseball stats site, ranks second among all MLB players .The only player with a higher WAR is two-hitting superstar Shohei Ohtani 바카라사이트 (Los Angeles Angels – 9.0).Kim’s salary this year is less than one-third of Boharz’s, at $7 million. The outlet reported that San Diego, which made a big splash by signing Kim from the KBO, is also in the running to sign Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom Heroes).”San Diego has sent several high-ranking officials to South Korea to analyze Lee’s play,” said The Athletic, “but Lee has been sidelined with an ankle injury, which could lower his price tag.”

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