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“I was interested in Lucinski.”Will San Diego and Lee Jung-hoo..

“I was interested in Lucinski.”Will San Diego and Lee Jung-hoo, who are serious about targeting also show interest?

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The San Diego Padres have not only Kim Ha-sung but also players from Asia or who have played on the Asian stage throughout their positions.

Kim Ha-sung and Darvish Yu are representative players who came to the Major League with splendid footprints in their Korean and Japanese leagues, respectively. Kim Ha-sung made his major league debut by signing with San Diego through a posting system and became a starting shortstop. Darvish joined San Diego through the Texas, LA Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs and reigns as an ace.

Luis Suarez and Nick Martinez of the bullpen all paid attention to their performances on the Japanese stage. Suarez played for the Softbank Hawks from 2016 to 2019 and for the Hanshin Tigers from 2020 to 2021. He earned 67 saves in the second season he spent in Hanshin. Martinez played for the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2018-2020, Softbank Hawks in 2021, and signed with San Diego. Suarez and Martinez were both indispensable players in San Diego’s propaganda last year.

As such, San Diego’s recruitment of Asian players is quite aggressive. And another Asian player could be added. San Diego also showed interest in Drew Rucinski (Auckland), who played for the NC Dinos in the KBO League for four years from 2019 to last year.

Dennis Lynn, a San Diego reporter for The Athletic, said in an article predicting San Diego’s 2023 roster on the 11th (Korea Standard Time), “According to sources, San Diego was also interested before Rucinski signed a $3 million one-year contract with Oakland,” adding, “We decided to use the money instead to recruit Seth Lugo and Matt Carpenter.” On the 12th, an article exploring the off-season of the National League West also explained, “San Diego needed more starters, but he wanted Lucinski.”

In 121 games in four seasons, Luchinsky recorded 53 wins, 36 losses, 191 walks, 657 strikeouts, and a 3.06 ERA in 732 2⅔3 innings.Arrest and ball power increased further in the KBO League. Last year, he recorded a career high record with 10 wins, 12 losses, 34 walks, 194 strikeouts, and a 2.91 ERA in 31 games and 3innings..

He aimed for the major league stage based on his performance in the KBO League, and signed a contract with Oakland that would grow to up to $8 million for up to two years if a one-year guarantee of $3 million and $5 million in 2024 were invoked.

Before showing interest in Rucinski, he also contacted Japanese professional baseball right-hander Senga Kodai, where many clubs rushed in. Senga signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the New York Mets.

There could have been more players from the Asian stage in San Diego. Both Luchinsky and Senga did not lead to the conclusion of the contract, but San Diego, which benefited from Asian players, reaffirmed that their eyes on South Korea and Japan were unusual.

Then, will this interest continue next year? Next year, “Son of the Wind” and “Genius hitter” Lee Jung-hoo, who even decorated the main page of the Major League website, will challenge the Major League. Lee Jung-hoo, who qualified for the posting system after this season, expressed his intention to enter the overseas stage to the Kiwoom club and the club readily agreed.

Major League Baseball already knows that Lee Jung-hoo has dominated the KBO League since his debut and won five gold medals and MVP last year. Local media also predict that the contract will exceed $100 million.

San Diego may have completed scouting for Lee Jung-hoo, but we don’t know if he will be interested. He is also focusing on the Asian stage in the eyes of the club, so he is guessing.

The starting position of San Diego’s outfield is full right now. There is a superstar named Juan Soto and two-time Gold Glove winner Trent Grisham. Tatis Jr., who will return after the banned drug disciplinary action, is also likely to turn to the outfield. The backup consists of prospect Jose Azoka and non-tender Adam Engel from the Chicago White Sox.

It’s tight at the moment. However, Grisham is one of the trade targets, and Tatis Jr. is also likely to convert to the outfield, but the possibility of returning to the infield cannot be ruled out. And there is still an extension contract with Juan Soto, who will become FA after 2024.

Currently, the outfield is well organized, but there are many variables. It is San Diego, which also invested a considerable amount of $39 million in 4 plus 1 year. At that time, there was also an assessment that it was a duplicate investment. However, Fernando Tatis Jr.’s punishment for taking banned drugs, which was an unexpected tragedy, ironically confirmed the reason for his contract with Kim Ha-sung.

The outfield’s variables are more than when Kim Ha-sung was recruited. You can pay attention to Lee Jung-hoo to prepare for variables. Both pitchers and fielders have succeeded in Asian players, and it is hard to find an environment as easy to adapt to as San Diego, which has no prejudice and prejudice against Asian baseball. Above all, there is a presence called Kim Ha-sung, a “major league senior from Kiwoom.” There will be no more attractive option for Lee Jung-hoo than San Diego. 안전공원

Will San Diego launch another invasion of Asia after this season? And will the target be Lee Jung-hoo?

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