The Boston Red Sox, one of the leading destinations for San Diego Padres Kim Ha-seong (28), acquired a shortstop through a trade. The possibility of Ha-sung Kim transferring to Boston has become a little lower.
On the 25th (Korean time), Boston made a trade with the Kansas City Royals for relief pitcher Josh Taylor and infielder Adalberto Mondesi (28) in exchange for a designated player or cash. He is the son of outfielder Raul Mondesi (52), who is well known as the “helper” of “Korean Express” Park Chan-ho during his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
His father, Mondesi, played as a center hitter for the Dodgers from 1993–1999. Receiving the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1994, he left a strong impression on domestic baseball fans by hitting more than 30 homers for three consecutive years from 1997 to 1999, when Park Chan-ho became a full-time starter. After retiring at the end of 2005, Mondesi finished with a batting average of .273, 1589 hits, 271 homers, and 860 RBIs in 1525 games in 13 seasons, and an OPS of .815.
His son, Mondesi, is a switch-hitter infielder who debuted in 2016 and spent seven years with Kansas City. The main position is shortstop, and Boston acquired Mondesi to reinforce the depth of the center infield. 7 seasons, 358 games batting average, 244, 311 hits, 38 home runs, 157 RBIs, 133 stolen bases, OPS .687. He hit a personal-high 14 home runs in 2018 and stole 43 bases in 2019. He ranked first in the American League in steals (24) in the shortened season in 2020, but in the past two years, due to injuries, he has only played 35 and 15 games, respectively.
He was out for the season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at the end of April last year. He is currently in rehabilitation, so the possibility of joining the opening is low. Still, Boston is looking forward to Mondesi’s performance after recovering from injury. From this year, the value of stolen bases in the major leagues is expected to increase due to rule changes such as an increase in the base size and a limit on the number of times pitchers check runners, so the range of use of quick-footed Mondesi is also increasing.
Haim Bloom, Boston Baseball Operations Manager (CBO), said, “Mondesi’s talent and athletic ability are among the best in the big leagues. He’s a great defender, quick on his feet and strong. He has had a hard time with injuries for many years, but if he finishes rehabilitation and manages, he will have a good impact on our team.” 카지노
Boston’s starting shortstop Zander Bogarts transferred to San Diego as a free agent, and second baseman Trevor Story, who has extensive shortstop experience, suffered from elbow surgery, making it difficult to play in the first half. The possibility of recruiting Kim Ha-seong, who was on the trade block, was raised in a situation where reinforcement of shortstop was urgent, but Boston took a different approach.
When free agent outfielder Adam Duvall was recruited, ‘super utility’ Kike Hernandez, who played center fielder for two years, was moved to shortstop. Here, Mondesi was brought in to reinforce the depth of the shortstop. If the growth of second baseman Cristian Arroyo is slow, shortstop Mondesi and second baseman Hernandez can form a keystone combination.