I happily rejected the contract extension of $440 million (approximately 580.4 billion won). If so, you have to prove it sexually. However, the batting pace is too low.
Juan Soto (25, San Diego Padres) rejected a 15-year, $440 million contract following the Washington Nationals’ 13-year, $350 million (approximately 461.7 billion won) contract extension. In the end, he wore a San Diego uniform ahead of the trade deadline.
Apart from the wide move in the free agent market, San Diego recently has a parade of extended contracts. Since last year, Joe Musgrove (5 years, $100 million), Manny Machado (11 years, $350 million), Darvish Yu (6 years, $108 million), Jake Cronenworth (7 years, $80 million), etc. boldly invested.
Recently, after the news of Cronenworth’s contract extension was announced, Soto and Kim Ha-seong were mentioned as the next targets. Soto, who is 3 years younger than Kim Ha-seong and has a more proven attack power, is likely to receive a large amount of money. However, it is true that it is disappointing to look at his appearance after transferring to San Diego.
Soto recorded a batting average of 0.242, 27 homers, 62 RBIs, 93 points, and an OPS of 0.853 in 153 games in the 2022 season. He hit a lot of home runs, but as his average fell, his RBIs also fell more than expected. In particular, after moving to San Diego, he had a batting average of 0.236, 6 homers, 16 RBIs and 31 runs in 52 games.
The start of this season is also not good. He is 4 hits in 29 at-bats in 8 games with a batting average of 0.138, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, 5 runs, and an OPS of 0.562. Even in an away game against the Atlanta Braves on the 8th (hereinafter Korean time), he only earned 1 walk and 1 run in 4 at-bats.
He is worse than Kim Ha-seong. Ha-seong Kim went 0-for-3 in 3 at-bats that day, but in 7 games, he scored 6 hits in 24 at-bats with a batting average of 0.250, 1 home run, 1 RBI, and 2 runs scored. It’s quiet after hitting a walk-off home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the 4th, but it’s no worse than Soto.
Soto wore a Dominican Republic uniform at the WBC and was good with 6 hits in 15 at-bats, a batting average of 0.400, 2 homers, 3 RBIs, 3 walks and 6 points. Although he could not prevent his country’s failure to advance to the second round, he was worthy of his name. However, when he returned to his team, the bat killed grass again.
Soto could qualify for the 2024-2025 free agency market. There is still time to think about San Diego and Soto. Moreover, Soto’s agent is ‘The Devil’s Agent’ Scott Boras.먹튀검증However, even if he is Boras, who is good at winning player-friendly contracts, his performance must be backed up. First of all, at the beginning of the season, it feels like breaking the San Diego offensive flow in the second batting order. He needs to see the batting average of 0.351 and 0.313 in 2020-2021, when he was in Washington.