Yankees trade rumor that rejected 559.6 billion won… Maybe Ha-seong Kim? There is an opening match in Seoul in 2024.
“Soto is the best possible solution for the Yankees.”
The trade theory of Juan Soto (25), who rejected the Washington Nationals’ 15-year, $440 million (approximately 596.6 billion won) contract and moved to the San Diego Padres, is gaining strength. Local media, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, reported on San Diego’s plan to reduce payroll last week. The goal is to lower the payroll from about $250 million to $200 million.
Trading Soto, who received $23 million this season, will be a big help in managing payroll, although it will take a hit on power. Many analyzes say that if San Diego retains Soto next year, it will have to prepare to spend up to $30 million.스포츠토토
On the 4th (Korean time), Bleacher Report mentioned Soto, citing eight trades that will actually occur in the 2023-2024 offseason. It is predicted that the New York Yankees, who need to strengthen their left-handed hitters and must strengthen their power next year to resolve their failure to advance to this year’s postseason, will take him.
Bleacher Report reported that the Yankees will send top outfield prospect Spencer Jones and right-handed pitcher Chase Hampton to San Diego in exchange for Soto. San Diego, which will not re-sign free agents Blake Snell and Josh Hader, needs to strengthen its outfield and pitching in many ways.
“San Diego won’t recover what it gave up to get Soto in 2022,” Bleacher Report said. However, due to the lack of heavy hitters in the market, it will be powerful. “If this happens (if the deal actually goes through), Jones will also become a headline-grabbing prospect.”
In fact, Ha-seong Kim, like Soto, is one year away from free agency. There is a difference in the size of the ransom of Kim Ha-seong and Soto, who are worth $39 million in 4+1 years, but it is certain that Kim Ha-seong’s ransom will also skyrocket in a year. It is not strange for San Diego to consider trading Ha-Seong Kim.
However, the prevailing view is that it will not be easy. In fact, at this point, there is no American media predicting Kim Ha-seong’s trade. Major league clubs place as much importance on business strategy as performance. San Diego will hold the official opening game of the 2024 season in Seoul against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 20-21 next year. If Ha-seong Kim is to be dismissed in the offseason, a big decision will have to be made.
In addition, Ha-seong Kim is a versatile character who can continue to contribute to the team even if he is with the team for a long time. There is a difference with Soto, whose contribution to the team is bound to drop if his batting fails. If San Diego wants to retool, some change is inevitable, and the Soto trade is a priority. If the move to the Yankees actually goes through, it is likely to attract a lot of attention.