On the day where the team acquired Matt Kemp, the team failed to sign Kwang-hyun Kim. The Padres won the bidding back on November 13, but according to UT-San Diego Dennis Lin, the team just couldn’t work a deal out with Kim.
So where do the Padres go from here? Well, even after dealing two pitchers in the Kemp trade, the Padres still have depth among starting pitching. They still have Ian Kennedy and Andrew Cashner and possibly Tyson Ross to deal for another bat.
A.J. Preller’s plan was to expand the Padres internationally. That was his forte with the Texas Rangers. So far, they’ve missed on Yasmani Tomas and failed to reach a deal with Kim.
Kim is 26 and posted a 3.33 ERA in the KBO last season and struck out 139 in 167.2 innings last season.