Changed location MLB Network “Kim Ha-seong ranks 88th among all active big leaguers”￼
MLB Network ranked Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) 88th among all active major leaguers.Until last year, Ha-seong Kim was not listed in the ‘Top 100’.Ha-seong Kim, now in his fourth year in the big league, has completely changed his position.MLB Network announced on the 7th (Korean time), “We will select the 100 best players in Major League Baseball (MLB) and reveal them one by one until the 22nd.” Among the players ranked 81st to 100th ranked on this day, Ha-seong Kim was ranked 88th.MLB Network looked back and said, “Kim Ha-seong was not included in the top 100 in 2023.”Ha-seong Kim entered the big league in 2021 by signing a 4+1 year contract with San Diego for $28 million guaranteed, up to $39 million.Kim Ha-seong, who played as a backup infielder in his first year in the MLB, gradually solidified his position and last year raised his batting average to 0.260, 17 home runs, 60 RBI, 38 stolen bases, and 0.749 OPS, and became the first Korean player to win the Gold Glove (National League utility category). He was also recognized in defense. MLB Network selected the top 100 covering all positions, and Kim Ha-seong ranked 88th.
Ha-seong Kim is already evaluated as ‘an infielder to watch in the 2025 MLB free agent (FA) market.’San Diego and Ha-Seong Kim can extend their contract by one year by mutual agreement after the end of the 2024 season, but local American media predicts that Ha-Seong Kim will enter the free agent market.Ha-seong Kim’s guaranteed amount includes a buyout of $2 million.If the contract is extended by one year, Ha-seong Kim will receive an annual salary of $8 million in 2025.If Ha-seong Kim enters the free agent market, San Diego will pay Ha-seong Kim $2 million.The Athletic predicted the size of Kim Ha-seong’s free agent contract to be ‘an annual average of $20 million, with a total value of more than $100 million.’The 81st to 100th active big leaguers selected by MLB Network included free agent hitter JD Martinez (85th) and pitcher Jordan Montgomery (90th), who have not yet found a team.Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki (Chicago Cubs) was rated 84th.‘Brother catchers’ William Contreras (Milwaukee Brewers) and Wilson Contreras (St. Louis Cardinals) ranked 81st and 82nd 슬롯게이밍 respectively.