Traded to competitor Santana to Milwaukee

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded infielder Carlos Santana. Choi Ji-man, who was a position competitor to Santana, is expected to have more opportunities to participate. Pittsburgh and Milwaukee have agreed to a one-on-one trade.” Pittsburgh traded Santana to Milwaukee for infield prospect Johnny Severino. Severino is a player who joined Milwaukee in 2022 on an international contract.

Santana, who signed a one-year free agent contract with Pittsburgh last November for $6.75 million, played in 94 games this season and recorded a batting average of 0.235, 12 homers, 53 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.788. The main position was a first baseman, and he competed with Choi Ji-man for a position. 스포츠토토 As Santana moves to Milwaukee, Choi Ji-man is expected to be given more opportunities to play.

Choi Ji-man played 20 games this season and recorded a batting average of 0.188, 6 home runs, 10 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.709. Due to his injury, he was away for a long time, but even after he returned, he was stuck in the platoon system and did not receive many opportunities to play.

Nevertheless, Choi Ji-man showed off his presence by hitting long hits every time he started. After his injury return, he hit a total of four home runs, all of which came in starts. If his opportunities to participate increase, he will be able to maintain his condition easily, so he is expected to perform better than now. Motivation is clear because he will become a free agent after this season.

Meanwhile, as of the 28th, Pittsburgh, which is at the bottom of the National League Central Division with a record of 45 wins and 57 losses, has left the door open for additional trade ahead of the trade deadline (August 2, Korean time). It was reported that starting pitcher Mitch Keller and closer David Bednar were up for sale.

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