“I could be here a week from now”…did Choi Ji-Man predict the future with Kim Ha-Sung?
Choi Ji-Man (32) has left the Pittsburgh Pirates to join the San Diego Padres.
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on the official website of Major League Baseball (MLB) that a trade to send Choi to the San Diego Padres has been finalized.
Choi will be transferred to San Diego, where Kim Ha-seong (27) is the starting second baseman, creating a Korean major league duo in San Diego.
The trade was immediately finalized in exchange for power and prospects. Pittsburgh received Choi and veteran left-hander Rich Hill in the deal. San Diego received left-hander Jackson Wolf, outfielder Estuar Sueiro, and first baseman Alfonso Rivas. By giving up prospects and getting instant power, the Padres are expected to keep their postseason hopes alive.
Having faced each other in a series before the trade was finalized, they recently appeared together in a YouTube video by former major leaguer Kang Jung-ho.
In the video, Choi said, “I might be here (San Diego) in a week,” and then the trade was finalized. Netizens speculated that Choi was anticipating his future.
Kim has been with San Diego for about two years and has been a stellar offensive player. Last season, he was nominated for the National League shortstop Golden Glove and became irreplaceable. This season, he hit 14 home runs and stole 22 bases, tying the all-time record for most stolen bases in a season by a Korean player.안전놀이터
Choi made his big league debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2016 and has spent time with the New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays, and Pittsburgh. San Diego is his sixth big league team.
Meanwhile, this is not the first time Choi has played with a Korean major leaguer. In his original team, Pittsburgh, he was paired with Bae Ji-hwan (24).