The signing that has been discussed all week is now set in stone. Ha-Seong Kim is the newest Padre.
The Korean infielder inked a four-year deal with the Padres, which includes a mutual option for 2025. According to Associated Press Padres beat writer Bernie Wilson, Kim will make $22 million over those four seasons, with a signing bonus worth another $4 million.
The 25-year-old Kim played seven seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization before joining the international free agent pool this offseason. This year he hit .306 with 30 home runs, 24 doubles, 23 stolen bases, 109 RBI, and a.921 OPS.
Kim played 96 games at shortstop, and 55 at third base. According to Baseball America's Kyle Glaser, Kim will take on a utility role which could include appearances in the outfield.
Reports of the addition of Kim emerged Monday, within 24 hours of news that the club had traded for pitchers Blake Snell and Yu Darvish.
The Padres designated outfielder and former SDSU star Greg Allen for assignment in order to make room for Kim.
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