It seems that the parents are open to negotiations with Ha-Seong Kim; Should the Red Sox have interest?
Should the Red Sox pursue Ha-Seong Kim in trade with the Padres? originally appeared NBC Sports Boston
The Boston Red Sox helped create a traffic jam on the field in San Diego. They could also help ease this blockage.
The parents appear to have a surplus of outfield players after signing the former Red Sox midfielder Xander Bogaerts in free agency. Ha-Seong Kim, who was a Gold Glove finalist at shortstop last season and would have to move to second base if he were to stay in San Diego, appears to be a leading trade candidate and Dennis Lin of Athletic reports that the Padres are “open to discussing” deals for both Kim and outfielder Trent Grisham.
So would Kim be a good fit in Boston?
The 27-year-old South Korea native slashed .251/.325/.383 last season with 11 home runs, 59 RBIs, 12 steals and 100 strikeouts in 150 games played. Those numbers aren’t stellar, but they’re a big improvement over Kim’s first season in Major League Baseball after coming over from the Korea Baseball Organization in 2021.
Kim hit .294 with 133 homers over seven seasons in the KBO, so the offensive potential is there. He’s also an excellent defensive shortstop that would allow for that Trevor’s story to remain at second base, where he thrived as a fielder in 2022.
Kim, who has a favorable four-year, $28 million contract through 2024, has also been on Boston’s radar before: The Red Sox they were reportedly among six teams interested in Kim when he left the KBO at the end of 2020.
The question is what Boston could offer San Diego in a trade. The Padres want to pitch initially, but the Red Sox also need rotation help even after signing Corey Kluber. Boston is reported to be open for business Chris Salebut the Padres may not be willing to take on his contract after a big-spending offseason.
While Kim wouldn’t significantly move the needle in Boston, he would still be a nice pickup for the Red Sox as a low-cost middle infielder to pair with Story.
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