Catcher trade, Kia and Samsung are hurting too

온라인카지노The Samsung Lions and KIA Tigers have finally made a catcher trade. On the 5th, Samsung executed a one-for-one trade, sending catcher Kim Tae-gun (33) to KIA for infielder Ryu Ji-hyuk (29).

The stakes were high. Samsung, which had three main catchers in Kang Min-ho, Kim Tae-gun, and Kim Jae-sung, wanted to use the catcher card to bolster a weak position, while KIA, which had shown weaknesses in the catcher position before the season, needed to bolster its infield. The two teams’ interests were clear, and trade speculation between the two teams had been brewing all season. Negotiations stalled due to the cards not being in the right place, but the two teams finally came to an agreement late in the first half of the season when they were at the bottom of the table and made the trade.

Not coincidentally, the trade came with some “pain” for both KIA and Samsung. Kia made the deal based on the bitter memories of a failed signing of Park Dong-won (now with LG) and Samsung’s first failed trade.Kia had a clear catcher in the bag last year. They acquired Park Dong-won from the Kiwoom Heroes in a trade that erased their backstop woes. However, this happiness lasted less than half a year. When Park Dong-won left the team as a free agent shortly after last season, KIA lost a solid catcher resource. The team was devastated to lose their “championship catcher” Kim Min-sik to free agency. To make matters worse, it was revealed that Jang Jeong-seok was involved in the failure to sign Park Dong-won. After half a year of searching for a catcher, Kia joined forces with Samsung.

Samsung had been publicly declaring their desire to trade for a catcher since last winter. However, it wasn’t easy to get the cards right. Injuries to Kim Jae-sung (oblique muscle) and Kim Tae-gun (acute hepatitis) at the start of the season derailed the discussions. In the meantime, Samsung made a trade for veteran infielder Lee Won-seok and gave Kiwoom a rookie designation to acquire a bullpen pitcher (Kim Tae-hoon). But so far, it seems to be working against them. The pitching staff is struggling, and the younger infield without Lee Won-seok is making frequent errors and showing its inexperience in the field.At this point, Kim Tae-goon and Ryu Ji-hyuk are essential to their respective teams. Kim Tae-gun, who has a lot of experience as a catcher, can solve KIA’s backstop problems, while Ryu Ji-hyuk, an all-weather infielder in his 20s, can erase Samsung’s experience problems. They are also known for their integrity and locker room leadership roles in their previous teams, which will have a positive effect on the entire squad. It will be interesting to see if the two teams, who have had their fair share of heartache, can smile on this trade.