Following a 2020 campaign that was anything but normal, Major League Baseball now continues to progress early into the offseason. With it comes a few normalcies, including the practically yearly event of international player postings.
As noted by Jeeho Yoo, Ha-Seong will be posted Wednesday, Nov. 25. The Kiwoom Heroes will first ask the KBO to inform MLB which then will turn into a notification to all 30 clubs of Ha-Seong’s availability. Then a 30-day negotiating window will then start beginning at 8 a.m. The window will officially close at 5 p.m. on the 30th day which will conclude just shy of Christmas day.
A big number to note throughout this process is 25 million. Should Ha-Seong sign for $25 million or less, the Heroes will be entitled to 20 percent of the contract as a transfer fee. If Ha-Seong signs for more than $25 million but less than $50 million, the fee will be 20 percent on the first $25 million and 17.5 percent on any amount exceeding that.
#KBO news: Kiwoom Heroes will post shortstop Kim Ha-seong on Wednesday. They’ll first ask KBO to inform MLB, which will then notify its 30 clubs of Kim’s availability. It will open a 30-day negotiating window (8 a.m. ET the morning after to 5 p.m. ET on 30th day)
— Jeeho Yoo (@Jeeho_1) November 24, 2020
The hunt for Kim Ha-Seong’s services is well warranted with a player who slashed .306/.397/.523. He tied for ninth among KBO hitters with 30 home runs across the 2020 season. His on-base percentage (.397), slugging percentage (.523), and OPS (.921) all marked career highs. Ha-Seong also produced career highs in total bases (279) and walks with 75. He scored 111 total runs through 138 games played.
Ha-Seong could be a very tantalizing player for teams a few years away from contention along with those already poised for postseason pushes in 2021. Ha-Seong has mainly played shortstop and third but his potential is all over. That includes across the infield and as a super-utility infielder. All that adds to the potential value for Ha-Seong and his presence could slow down the third-base and second-base free-agent markets this offseason.
Right now, the Toronto Blue Jays are the team with the most amount of talk surrounding Ha-Seong. They were one of the teams that had a close eye on Ha-Seong prior to posting.
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