If there is no SS, I will start looking for Park Hyo-joon… The reason why we should pay attention to the process rather than the second release
Korean major leaguer Park Hyo-jun (26) is experiencing a tough off-season while wearing his third uniform this winter alone.
On the 17th (Korean time), MLB.com, the official homepage of Major League Baseball, said, “Park Hyo-joon, who was announced as a waiver in Boston, made a trade and headed to Atlanta. The price is cash or a later designated player.”
It is the fourth team after moving to the United States after signing an international contract with the New York Yankees in 2014 for a down payment of 1.16 million dollars 스포츠토토 (about 1.5 billion won). His major league debut itself wasn’t easy. It took 7 years to reach the big leagues. He made his major league debut with the New York Yankees in July of last year, but was traded to Pittsburgh after digesting only one at-bat in one game.
In the early days of Pittsburgh, he seemed to seize opportunities by playing regularly, but his position was unstable, as he was relegated to the minor leagues several times this year, which marked his second year. In the major leagues, his utility ability to play both infield and outfield was recognized, but his batting average of 0.216, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, and OPS of 0.648 in 23 games was a problem.
Because of that, after the end of the season, Pittsburgh announced a waiver and was assigned a nomination (DFA). On the 24th of last month, Boston gave up left-handed pitcher Inmer Lobo (18) and took Park Hyo-joon. However, Boston put Park Hyo-jun on the market again to make room for closer Kenley Jansen (35), who was recruited as a free agent on the 14th.
If you look at the process up to this point, you can say that Park Hyo-joon is a player who is difficult to give stable opportunities in the major leagues. He is in a position where he has to be prepared to give up his seat at any time when a player to be used as the main player comes.
However, rather than being released twice, it is worth noting that other teams paid a ‘price’ and took Park Hyo-joon. If a waiver is announced, a period of one week is given to become a full free agent. After notifying the next team whether to recruit players in the order of wavers, Park Hyo-joon is released as a free agent when all 29 remaining teams pass.
Boston and Atlanta assumed that all teams would not pass Hyo-Jun Park and paid the price in some way to take him. In both teams, the main shortstop was released as a free agent, and when there was a vacancy, Park Hyo-joon, who was just released to the market, was found.
In fact, Park Hyo-joon is mostly recognized outside of hitting. MLB Trade Rumors said, “Park Hyo-joon has a versatile defense and speed even in a disappointing attack, so he is attracting attention from clubs. He can be a valuable player if he can only show .
In Atlanta, it is expected to replace shortstop Dansby Swanson (28), whose transfer to the Chicago Cubs was confirmed on the 18th. He will compete with Von Grissom (22) and Eheire Adrianza (33), but he is a worthy opponent.