“I honestly don’t know. I just love San Diego.”
Kim Ha-sung (29) of the San Diego Padres, who has reserved 100 million U.S. dollars worth of pre-FA (free agent) for the 2023 season, has been embroiled in trade rumors this year as well. In other words, he is drawing keen attention from the public. Kim Ha-sung opened his mouth to rumors.
Kim Ha-sung visited the San Diego Spring Camp site at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona on the 13th (Korea time). Fielders’ training begins on the 17th, but it is to build up their bodies before the camp. It was also noticeable that he greeted his teammates Manny Machado and others warmly.
At the clubhouse on the day, Kim spoke candidly about the recent trade rumors. “Honestly, I don’t know. I just really like San Diego and want to stay in this team,” Kim said. “But if I have to let the team go, I think it’s right to go because it’s business. But I don’t want to go (to other teams),” he stressed. “If I do better this season and have good team performance, I think my chances of leaving will decrease. I think I need to do well first.”
Rumors of Kim’s trade have continued since last year. Nothing has been decided yet. Kim Ha-sung has expressed his desire to stay in San Diego, but rumors have made him worry.
“Actually, (trade) came out last year, so it doesn’t bother me that much. The season is long, so it’s important to complete it until the end,” Kim Ha-sung said. “Anyway, the team is important and I think everyone should do well because I’m important.” Asked if he had heard or talked about trade with the club, he said, “Can I really say it?” It’s a secret.
He also mentioned his juniors who entered the big league this season. He also said how he felt watching Ko Woo-suk’s bullpen pitching the previous day.
Kim Ha-sung said, “I’m sure I haven’t adjusted to the time difference yet, but I think it was really good 꽁머니환전.” (Go) Woo-seok said he threw the ball to the extent that he didn’t overdo it, but in fact, he has to overdo it. It’s because a lot of people are watching and it’s his first bullpen session,” adding, “It’s nice to see that he throws at his own pace, though. Woo-seok’s role is really important this season, so I hope he maintains it well. As long as there is no injury, he will become the best bullpen pitcher.”
As for Ko’s position, he advised that although it would be nice to be a closer, he should not be too hasty. “I hope we can finish this. But it’s not up to me. I’ve been playing for four years, but I have to be thankful that I’m playing in a game. It’s because it’s such a difficult place to be,” he said. “I think it could be a poison if I take on the role from the beginning just because I’m grateful for Woo-suk’s entry.”
He also expressed high expectations for a showdown with Lee Jung-hoo (26, San Francisco Giants), his best friend for this season. “I will catch Ha-sung’s ball with my teeth,” Lee said in an interview before departing the U.S., drawing laughter. The two players are expected to have four consecutive showdowns starting on March 29 at home in San Diego.
“I met him as soon as I came to the U.S., and I said, ‘Do you need to grab it with your teeth? You did too much with your teeth,’ and Jeong-hoo said, ‘I’m sorry.’ (Laughs) I think it will be so much fun. I think Jeong-hoo will do well, and I think I just need to do well.”