‘No way it stopped’ Dodgers 2023 season new shortstop, Rojas, not Kim Ha-seong
There was no shortstop trade between global rivals. The new shortstop for the LA Dodgers in the 2023 season is Miguel Rojas (34), not Kim Ha-seong (28).
John Heyman of the New York Post of the United States said on the 12th (Korean time), “The Dodgers and Miami have agreed to a trade. The Dodgers received Rojas, and Miami received promising shortstop Jacob Amaya.”
Rojas was included in the final three candidates along with Kim Ha-seong and Dansby Swanson in the 2022 National League shortstop Gold Glove vote. As a defensive shortstop, his batting average last year was 0.236 and his OPS was only 0.605, but his defense is top-notch. The Dodgers filled the void last year when shortstop Trey Turner signed a free agent contract with Philadelphia and left with Rojas.
It is a relationship that has been going on for 9 years. A native of Venezuela, Rojas made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut in 2014 with the Dodgers. At the time, he also played the hobo in a no-hit game for ace Clayton Kershaw. He played only in Miami from 2015 to last year, then returned to his home team.
Ha-seong Kim’s trip to the Dodgers, which the Dodgers recruited Rojas and traded, ended up being a rumor. Local media also pointed out Ha-seong Kim as a recruiting target before the Dodgers brought Rojas. San Diego signed an 11-year, $280 million contract with free agent Xander Bogarts in December of last year. With the recruitment of Bogarts, Kim Ha-seong’s position is more likely to become second base, and at the same time, trade rumors have steadily emerged. 토토사이트
However, San Diego and the Dodgers have been steadily competing for the district championship in recent years. Last year, they also faced each other in the postseason division series, and San Diego won the Dodgers with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss. If San Diego and the Dodgers had agreed to a trade, it was a situation where the success or failure of the trade could have a big impact on the performance of both teams in the future. In many ways, the burden is inevitable, so it seems that the two teams did not make a deal. San Diego signed a 4-year guarantee contract with Kim Ha-seong in January 2021.
Kim Ha-seong will compete as a member of the Korean national team in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March. If there are no variables such as a trade, he plans to join the national team right before the start of the first round of the WBC after playing an exhibition game at the San Diego spring camp.