Kim Hyun-soo traded to Phillies

The Korea Times - - SPORTS -

South Korean out­fielder Kim Hyun-soo has been traded by the Bal­ti­more Orioles to the Philadel­phia Phillies.

The O’s sent Kim, left-han­der Gar­rett Cleav­inger and in­ter­na­tional am­a­teur sign­ing bonus pool space to the Phillies on Fri­day (lo­cal time) in ex­change for right-handed starter Jeremy Hel­lick­son and cash con­sid­er­a­tions.

Kim, 29, joined the O’s be­fore last sea­son af­ter an All-Star ca­reer in the Korea Base­ball Or­ga­ni­za­tion (KBO). He be­comes a free agent af­ter the cur­rent sea­son, and the deal ends a largely frus­trat­ing stint in Bal­ti­more for Kim.

He has been rid­ing the pine for most of the 2017 sea­son, with the emer­gence of hot-hit­ting rookie Trey Mancini, who moved from his nat­u­ral po­si­tion at first base to left field as the Orioles sought to keep his bat in the lineup.

Kim, who bats left-handed, was mostly a pla­toon player who sat aga inst left-han­ders last sea­son. But this year, he grad­u­ally lost play­ing time against right-han­ders too.

He leaves the Orioles with a .232 bat­ting av­er­age, one home run and 10 RBIs in 56 games.

Kim had an in­aus­pi­cious start to his ca­reer with Bal­ti­more. Af­ter a dis­as­trous spring train­ing in 2016, the O’s sought to send Kim down to the minors where they hoped he could fur­ther hone his skills. In­stead, Kim ex­er­cised his con­trac­tual right to refuse an as­sign­ment to the minors and made the team’s Open­ing Day ros­ter.

Frus­trated Orioles fans booed Kim dur­ing the player in­tro­duc­tion in their home opener.

Kim Hyun-soo

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