Toronto Blue Jays reportedly have gone all in on Ha-Seong Kim
The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly made a multi-year offer to Korean superstar Ha-Seong Kim.
According to ESPN KBO Insider Daniel Kim, the Blue Jays have in-fact made an offer to Ha-Seong Kim and it is reportedly said to be in the neighborhood of 5+ years in length. The brain trust have made Kim a priority and are willing to put their money where their mouth is in terms of the negotiations.
In speaking with Daniel Kim, he suspects it is going to come down to money and term, however, he does think that Toronto is the front runner and would be offering pretty much everything Kim would want in terms of a big city with a huge Korean community and a young team that is about to take off.
The posting/negotiating period comes to a close on January 01st so we should know in short order if the Blue Jays were successful.
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Kim met with Blue Jays ace Hyun Jin Ryu earlier this offseason to get a feel of what life in the big leagues is like. The fact that Ryu is locked up for the next three seasons should bode well as a bargaining chip in their negotiations. I would think having a fellow countryman and someone of Ryu’s status could definitely tilt the scale in the Jays favour.
The 25-year old would likely take over the helm at third base with Toronto while also filling in at shortstop in the event of an injury to Bo Bichette. Kim has experience playing both positions during his seven seasons in the KBO.
The brain trust may have grown tired of waiting for DJ LeMahieu to make up his mind and have now focused their attention on Kim. It was reported that LeMahieu was atop the Jays wish list although it has been speculated he will return to the New York Yankees all along.
We did not get a free agent signing under the Christmas tree last week but maybe we will ring in the New Year with Kim. Time will tell but the team appears committed to landing the former Kiwoom Heroes infielder.