According to Dennis Lin of The Athletic, the Padres reached an agreement with shortstop Ha-Seong Kim of the KBO League on Monday afternoon.
The 25-year old Kim has been a budding star in Korea, slashing .306/.397/.523 with 30 home runs and 23 stolen bases this past season. He primarily has played shortstop, but he’ll likely see the majority of his time at second, although that depends on what the Friars want to do with the young stud in Jake Cronenworth. Per MLB Insider Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Cronenworth may be shifting out to left field in order to keep Kim has a mainstay in the lineup.
Agreement in place. Again, heard that #Padres plan is Kim at second base with Cronenworth likely replacing Profar in LF. But with the way Preller is wheeling/dealing, let’s stay tuned for who is in future deals and what it all looks like whenever we have a 2021 Opening Day. https://t.co/Y78Tj9Epka— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 28, 2020
His eventual fit with the Padres will likely be up in the air until we get much closer to Opening Day 2021. San Diego isn’t expected to be done with making big moves anytime soon, so who knows which current starters will or won’t be with the team in the next week or so. Per Padres reporter AJ Cassavell, the Padres are pointing to the Dodgers as an example of a team who stockpiles good, versatile players and that’s obviously a decent blueprint to success right now. Wherever Kim lands on the field, you can assume it’ll be exactly where he needs to be.
Ha-seong Kim has indeed agreed with the Padres, according to a source.— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) December 28, 2020
What's his fit? The Padres say: Why does there need to be a specific fit? There's value in having lots of very good, very versatile players. The Dodgers proved it; the Padres seem to be following that model.