‘ML only’ liberated from humiliation… MIA smiles thanks to the second baseman brought in instead of Kim Ha-seong

American Major League (ML) Miami Marlins are smiling every day thanks to Luis Araez (26), who replaced Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres).

MLB.com, the official website of the Major League Baseball,메이저놀이터 said on the 14th (Korean time), “The trade between Miami and the Minnesota Twins is a rare case of improving the team power by exchanging productive veterans who can be controlled by each other.” You may be excited about the results.”

In January, Miami traded 3-for-1 for All-Star second baseman Araez from Minnesota in exchange for full-time major league starter Pablo Lopez, 27, minor league shortstop Jose Salas, 20, and outfielder Byron Chourio, 18. did.

Ha-seong Kim could have taken Araez’s place. This is because Miami, which was looking for a solid starting middle infielder, and San Diego, which was looking for a starting pitcher with sufficient service time, aligned their interests. At the time, MLB.com and The Athletic said, “Several teams are interested in signing Lopez. Among them, San Diego can offer Kim Ha-seong,” and also publicly brought out the trade proposal between the two teams.

However, Minnesota’s card was more attractive. Araez, who was the main trade chip, is a player with excellent contact ability with a career batting average of 0.314, and last year won the American League batting champion and second baseman Silver Slugger with a batting average of 0.316. Also, as a subject of Super 2, he became a free agent after the 2025 season, so it was perfect for Miami, a small market.

This decision has become the best choice at this point. Araez played in all 12 games until the game on the 12th, recording a batting average of 0.537 (22 hits in 41 bats), 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 6 runs, an on-base percentage of 0.596, and a slugging percentage of 0.732. This is the highest number of hits, highest batting average, and highest on-base percentage in the major leagues. He was also good at details, and his strikeout rate (6.4%) and miss rate (9.1%) were also in the top 2%, showing the best batting in the major leagues.

It is already impossible to imagine a Miami batting line without Araez. According to MLB.com, the batting average of the Miami team is 0.245, on-base percentage, 0.308, slugging percentage, 0.401, and wRC+ (adjusted scoring production capacity) of 91.

Also, as soon as he came, he scratched the regrettable part of Miami and became a blessing. Miami was the only major league team from its founding in 1993 until this season that no hitter had a cycling hit. However, when Araez recorded his first cycling hit against Philadelphia on the 12th, he was also relieved of his own humiliating record.

Lopez, who moved to Minnesota, is also active with an average ERA of 1.35, one win and no loss in three games, and the possibility of a win-win trade is increasing.

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