Boston acquires 163 home run outfielder Duval… Giving up on Kim Ha-sung trade

 The Boston Red Sox acquired Adam Duvall (35), who hit 163 homers in his career in the free agent market. The trade with Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) is also likely to have a subtle effect. 

Reporter Craig Misch of the US’Miami Herald’ reported on the 18th (Korean time) that free agent outfielder Duvall has agreed to a contract with Boston. It is a condition of up to $10 million with a one-year guarantee of $7 million, plus incentives. 

Right-handed outfielder Duval made his debut with the San Francisco Giants in 2014, then went through the Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, and again Atlanta. Until last year, he recorded a batting average of .233, 637 hits, 163 home runs, 478 RBIs, and an OPS of .755 in 830 games in 9 seasons. did. His 30 home run season showed off his slugging power for the third time. 

In 2016, he spent his first season with 30 home runs (33) in Cincinnati and was voted an All-Star. He won the NL Gold Glove in the outfield category and helped Atlanta win the World Series. 

Last year in Atlanta, he had a batting average of 2.13, 61 hits, 12 homers, 36 RBIs, and an OPS of .677 in 86 games. On July 24 last year, he injured his left wrist while chasing Shohei Ohtani’s left foul hit against the Los Angeles Angels, and was out of the season due to surgery.  스포츠토토

Last year’s performance was not good, but Boston added flexibility to the lineup by signing Duval, who can cover all three positions in the outfield and slugging power. Shortstop Zander Bogaerts (San Diego) moved to free agency and second baseman Trevor Story, who was considered a substitute shortstop, missed the first half due to elbow surgery. 

With Duval joining, it was possible to move the infield of Kike Hernandez, who had been the main center fielder for the past two years. Hernandez played an active role as a super utility, crossing the infield and outfield during his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has the experience of playing 100 career games (64 starts) as a shortstop. Hernandez could form a keystone combination at shortstop, with Christian Arroyo, who showed potential as a backup infielder, expected to see increased opportunities at second base. 

Boston, which needs reinforcement of a shortstop, was selected as one of the potential trade destinations for Kim Ha-sung. The Boston local media constantly raised the need to recruit Kim Ha-seong, and even put the wind in. However, with the recruitment of Duval, the possibility of trading Ha-seong Kim has decreased. Even with Hernandez at shortstop, the Boston outfield will be lined up with Masataka Yoshida in left field, Duval in center field, Alex Verdugo in right field, and backup Rob Lefsnyder.

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