San Diego has been actively reinforcing its power in recent years, as well as extending contracts with existing key players in turn, drawing a long-term team picture.
San Diego’s heated moves, which began with the signing of 메이저놀이터Manny Machado (10 years, $300 million) and the long-term contract of Fernando Tatis Jr. (14 years, $340 million), continue. Joe Musglove (5 years, $100 million) extended, Xander Bogaerts (11 years, $280 million), Darvish Yu (6 years, $108 million) and Manny Machado (11 years, $350 million) Dollar) and, most recently, Jake Cronenworth’s (7-year, $80 million) extension.
Usually, major league clubs try to empty their team payroll in the long run, even if the payroll is high in the short term. This is because it can cope with the variables that will come in the future. San Diego is the opposite. In terms of the ‘confirmed amount’ to be paid in the future, it is the overwhelming number one in the major leagues.
The “total amount of money” that the New York Mets, currently the number one major league team in terms of annual salary, will have to pay after 2024 is about $482.4 million. However, San Diego reached $1.018 billion even before the Cronenworth contract. Since there are only three players (Tatis Jr., Machado, Bogatz) with long-term contracts of more than 10 years, the amount promised to be paid is inevitably high.
The concern is that San Diego still has more players to spend money on. Juan Soto, the team’s key hitter and one of the best hitters in the major leagues, will become a free agent after the 2024 season. San Diego deserves to be considered as a long-term contract candidate, as they sacrificed so many prospects to bring Soto.
Also, closer Josh Hader is also a free agent after this season. Hader struggled right after joining San Diego, but then regained his dignity and showed off his peak skills in September of last year and on the way to the postseason. He is also a player that is not easy to replace.
If Soto and Hader are caught, San Diego will easily exceed the standard for luxury tax (wealth tax). There are many players with long-term contracts here, so the liquidity of the team payroll is greatly reduced. It means that there isn’t much room to spend ‘extra’ money on other players. So, interest is also gathered in the future of Kim Ha-seong (28). It’s not clear whether San Diego can afford to spend money on Ha-sung Kim’s contract extension.
Ha-seong Kim is also showing signs of improving his offense this year, and is clearly recognized for his defensive and utility abilities. It is evaluated that more than 10 million dollars per year is likely to be valued at present. As Kim Ha-seong also obtains free agent qualification at the end of the 2024 season, he must consider whether to offer his extension contract at the end of this season.
For Ha-seong Kim, there is nothing wrong with not getting an extended contract. This is because if the current performance continues, generous treatment is expected in the FA market. On the other hand, in order to continue playing as a shortstop, transferring to a team other than San Diego may be advantageous in terms of value management. While there is a high possibility of winning the flower show, Ha-seong Kim’s 2023 year has a very important meaning in terms of contracts.