Padres Must Sign LHP Kim By December 11
After losing out on Pablo Sandoval to the Red Sox and with Yasmany Tomas still deciding where he wants to play, the Padres can’t afford to go 0-for-3. Per Dennis Lin of the U-T San Diego, the Padres are expected to sit down and negotiate a deal with recently bided LHP Kwang-Hyun Kim. Per Lin’s tweet, deadline to make a deal with Kim must be done by December 11.
The Padres recently were the highest bidders for the 26-year-old pitcher at $2 Million dollars, despite his Korean ball club expecting $10 million for the rights to talk with Kim. Kim posted an ERA of 3.33 last season with the SK Wyverns of the KBO.
Where he slots in with the Padres is still up for debate. Some see him as a back-of-the-rotation type of arm, while others believe until he can get his walk rate down to a manageable level, he should work out the kinks in the Padres bullpen. They have to sign him before we can even begin that conversation next spring.