Ha-sung Kim’s team, the San Diego Padres, adds depth to the batting line.
Dominican Republic major league reporter Hector Gomez reported on the 12th (Korean time) that the Padres had agreed to a one-year contract with Nelson Cruz (43).
According to reports from other media such as ‘The Athletic’, the size of the contract is 1 million dollars 스포츠토토. It’s a ridiculously low ransom, but it looks like he took a salary cut for the World Series championship ring.
Previously, ‘New York Post’ major league reporter John Heyman reported that the Padres were interested in Cruz. Cruz had experience with the Texas Rangers with current Padres general manager AJ Preller.
Cruise, who is a 7-time All-Star and 4-time Silver Slugger, recorded a batting average of 0.274, an on-base percentage of 0.344 and a slugging percentage of 0.515 in 2006 appearances in 18 seasons in the major leagues.
Last season, he played 124 games for the Washington Nationals, batting average of 0.234, on-base percentage of 0.313, slugging percentage of 0.337, 10 home runs and 64 RBIs. The 10 home runs are the fewest since 2009, when he started to become a major league regular. He has consistently hit 30 or more home runs in 162 game seasons from 2014 to 2021.
His original position is the outfield, but since 2019 he has mainly played as a designated hitter. He is likely to be the designated hitter for his new team as well. Matt Carpenter, who was previously expected to be a designated hitter, is likely to fill a utility role.
If he stays with the Padres, it seems that there will be no direct hit to Kim Ha-seong, who is expected to play second baseman.