Ha-seong Kim shortstop → second baseman? SD recruited by Bogarts, inevitable infield traffic control

 The San Diego Padres seem to need to organize the 2023 season. There was an opinion that it would be okay to play as second baseman instead of shortstop Kim Ha-seong.

San Diego acquired Xander Bogarts this offseason. He brought in an All-Star shortstop under the condition of 280 million dollars (approximately 369.9 billion won) in 11 years. In addition, Bogarts has the experience of winning the World Series.

The arrival of Bogarts made it necessary to organize traffic in the infield. Bogarts played only for the Boston Red Sox from his debut season in the big leagues in 2013 until this year. In all, he participated in 1264 games over 10 seasons, recording a batting average of .292, 156 homers, 683 RBIs, an on-base percentage of .356, and an OPS of .814.

He is a four-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger-winning shortstop with award-winning hitting ability. MLB.com said, “The San Diego infield is destined to be reorganized” with the acquisition of Bogarts.

MLB.com said, “Kim Ha-seong played a prominent role at shortstop, but he also has talent as a second baseman.” “Jake Cronenworth has proven that he can play any position well, including first base. Manny Machado (3rd baseman) – Bogatz (shortstop) – Kim Ha-seong (2nd baseman) – Cronenworth (1st baseman) is expected to organize the infield.”

Bogarts, a newcomer, played 1,192 games as a shortstop, 53 games as a third baseman, and 12 games as a designated hitter. In the 2022 season, he played 146 games as a shortstop and 4 as a designated hitter.

Kim Ha-seong mainly played shortstop (166 games), but also played as second baseman (21 games) and third baseman (47 games). He is a capable shortstop and second baseman. 스포츠토토

The lineup mentioned is not complete. MLB.com said, “I don’t know if it will be simple,” and “San Diego is still looking for a first baseman. If San Diego gets a player with good enough defense, the infield will be flexible.”

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