The name of Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego), who had not been left out of Boston’s 2023 season second base concept for nearly a month, finally disappeared. This is the most up-to-date information that Boston President Chaim Bloom personally updated during the Lunar New Year holiday in our time.
American media Sports Illustrated (SI) said on the 23rd (Korean time), “Boston President Bloom and manager Alex Cora have unveiled plans for shortstop and second baseman. There are two middle infielder candidates inside Boston.”
Boston suffered from shortstop Xander Bogarts’ move to San Diego this winter and second baseman Trevor Story’s four to six month departure due to surgery. Public opinion that Kim Ha-seong should be brought in as a trade began to emerge from the transfer of Bogatz, and after the story injury, it began to be discussed in earnest.
However, Boston put out the urgent fire by bringing in free agent outfielder Adam Duvall for a one-year contract for up to $10 million. The plan was to replace Hernandez, who can play all positions in the infield and outfield, as a shortstop to fill the void, and to fill the center fielder position that Hernandez left with Duval.
The two inside candidates they mentioned were Hernandez and Christian Arroyo. “We have a lot of confidence in Hernandez,” 메이저놀이터 Bloom said at a weekend event on the 21st. He’s basically a plus defender at any position. That’s what makes him great, and there aren’t many players like that in baseball.” .
The command tower also supported shortstop Hernandez. “Hernandez is excited about the possibility of starting shortstop, and I believe he can do it. Hernandez’s shoulder and first step are amazing, and he has great instincts,” Cora said.
As for the second base position, Arroyo is likely to be the starting pitcher. Arroyo secured the most at-bats (300) after six years of debut in the big leagues last year, showing potential with a batting average of 0.286. “Right now Arroyo will play a lot. It’s true that there are a lot of red flags on the physical side, but when he gets out on the ground he’s a pretty good player. Arroyo has good defense and has enough talent to play at second base,” Cora said. He’s got it, and he’s a good hitter.”
Of course, there is no guarantee that only these two will go to the end. However, from the position that a middle infielder must be brought in through a trade, he took a step back to recruit a free agent infielder without leaking prospects. Naturally, Ha-seong Kim’s name also fell out.
SI said, “Boston is expected to secure several middle infielders before spring training. (FA infielders) Elvis Andrews and Josh Harrison are the most likely. Both veterans are suitable players for Boston’s infield, which severely lacks depth in the roster. ,” he explained.