GG shortstop left Atlanta… Internal training rather than Kim Ha-seong trade?
The trade rumor of Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) is emerging once again. What will the Atlanta Braves, who desperately need reinforcements for their shortstop, do?
‘Sports Illustrated (SI)’, a sports media outlet, wrote on the 13th (Korean time) about Kim Ha-sung’s trade rumor. The key was the story that San Diego had to trade Kim Ha-seong to reinforce the starting lineup.
San Diego’s main task was to reinforce the starting lineup during the offseason. The starting lineup includes Joe Musgrove (31), Darvish You (37), Nick Martinez (33), and Blake Snell (31). In addition, there are Sean Murnaya (31) and Seth Lugo (34) who can join the starting lineup, but they are not enough to win the World Series that the team wants.
The media specifically argued that Ha-seong Kim should be used as a trade card and that Ian Anderson (25) should be recruited. Anders won 10 games last year as a full-time starter in his fourth year in the major leagues, but his ERA was somewhat shaky to record 5.00. Due to a shoulder injury in the 2021 season and a slump in the 2022 season, he is gradually losing his place in the team.
The situation for both teams is appropriate. The cards you want are the same. As much as San Diego wants to strengthen its starting pitcher, Atlanta needs a shortstop. After off-season franchise shortstop Dansby Swanson (29, Chicago Cubs) moved to free agency, the infield commander is vacant. On the other hand, San Diego has a lot of shortstop resources. Along with transfer student Xander Bogatz (31), there is Kim Ha-seong, who was pushed back in the competition, and Fernando Tatis Jr. (24), who will return from a ban for taking a banned substance.
Atlanta may pull out a trade option, but for now it appears to be focusing on internal development. On the 14th, MLB.com, the official homepage of Major League Baseball, reported the news of Atlanta’s shortstop training.
Atlanta is developing prospect Vaughn Grissom, 22, under the coaching of off-season coach Ron Washington. Grissom, a rookie who debuted in the major leagues last year, appeared in 41 games and recorded a batting average of 0.291 (41 hits in 141 at-bats), 5 homers, 18 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.793, showing potential. His primary position is second base, but he is struggling to change position to shortstop off-season. 스포츠토토
“When the club said they might not sign Swanson, I wanted to see if we could do something with the options we had,” Washington coach said. You can trust me. It’s good to watch.”
MLB.com pointed out a skeptical response, saying, “Grissom played primarily as a shortstop in the minor leagues, but some scouts questioned whether he would be able to play big-league quality defense at shortstop.” But Washington coaches were confident that Grissom would shine as a shortstop in the majors. “We have to watch Grissom grow. He doesn’t have all the qualities yet, but he has enough to challenge the shortstop competition. He has the talent to play shortstop,” he explained.
If Grissom becomes a shortstop as coach Washington said, Atlanta will have no choice but to pay attention to the Kim Ha-sung trade. Also, Orlando Arcia (29), the team’s main second baseman, is experienced enough to handle 4,274 innings as a shortstop in the big leagues. Given this situation, it is possible to fill the shortstop void with internal resources.
As the season approaches, someone has to step up to the shortstop position. Attention is focusing on which card Atlanta will choose to fill the gap left by the Gold Glove shortstop.