The Boston Red Sox, which had been discussed as a potential trade candidate for Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres), recruited a new shortstop.
Boston, a prestigious American professional baseball club, announced on the 25th (Korean time) that it had traded shortstop Adalberto Mondesi (28) to the Kansas City Royals instead of sending left-handed pitcher Josh Taylor.안전놀이터
Adalberto, the son of Raul Mondesi, who played with Park Chan-ho for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1990s, is a talented infielder whose weakness is frequently injured.
Mondesi, who made his big-league debut in a Kansas City uniform in 2016, was on the injured list (IL) multiple times over seven seasons, appearing in just 358 games and posting a career .244 ERA.
Last year, he ruptured the cruciate ligament in his left knee in the first 15 games and was out of the season.
However, Boston took note of Mondesi’s excellent defense and quick feet.
Mondesi showed remarkable talent, stealing 32 bases in 72 games in 2018 and stealing 43 bases in 102 games in 2019.
In the major leagues, as the size of the base increases from 15 square inches to 18 square inches starting this year, the probability of runners stealing bases is expected to increase even more.
Boston is expected to use the newly acquired Mondesi as a keystone duo along with Enrique Hernandez, who has moved from the outfield to the infield.
At the beginning of the season, Hernandez will be the shortstop and Mondesi will be the second baseman, but if Mondesi adapts to the game, the two defensive positions can be switched.
In Boston, Sander Bohartz, who played as the starting shortstop until last season, signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Padres and left the team, creating a hole.
Initially, Boston deeply considered trading Kim Ha-seong, who has excellent defense, but when they could not reach an agreement in trade negotiations with San Diego, they recruited Mondesi as an alternative.
Local media in the U.S. predicted that with Boston recruiting Mondesi, Kim Ha-seong is much more likely to play in the opening game wearing a San Diego uniform this season.