“The contract appears to be a mistake.”
The San Diego Padres are the team that has been most active in signing non-FA multi-year contracts in recent years in the Major League. As with the KBO League, non-FA multi-year contracts are like two sides of the same coin. Clubs and players can reduce unnecessary nerves and attrition in the free agent market and accurately calculate and plan their future in advance. However, if a player does not play his role, he becomes a problem for the team.
Jake Cronenworth (29)바카라 is this case. San Diego signed a 7-year, $80 million (approximately 108.9 billion won) contract extension with Cronenworth in early April. As soon as he was eligible to apply for salary adjustment, he received a gift. Although it is a contract that applies from the 2024 season rather than this season, there was no reason not to accept it as Cronenworth, who is eligible for the 2025-2026 free agent market.
Cronenworth performed poorly this season, a year before his large contract was signed. In 127 games, he had 105 hits in 458 at-bats, a batting average of 0.229, 10 home runs, 48 RBI, 54 runs, 6 stolen bases, and an OPS of 0.690. He fell short of his career batting average of 0.249 and career OPS of 0.749.
With the signing of free agent Xander Bogaerts, Ha-seong Kim moved to second base, and Cronenworth moved to first base. However, he did not show any production worthy of a first baseman. He ended his season after the game against the Milwaukee Brewers on August 26 due to a wrist injury.
Clutch Point selected Cronenworth, Trent Grisham, and Rich Hill as the most disappointing players in San Diego this season on the 4th (Korean time). Regarding Cronenworth, “The 2023 season was a mess. In 2022, it shines dazzlingly with super utility. It was a valuable work. He was rewarded with a nice seven-year, $80 million contract extension. “But the contract appears to have been a mistake.”
In the end, he was designated as a trade candidate. Clutch Point said, “He dealt with the injury, but his behavior at the plate was a big concern for the team. It was a sign of regression. Cronenworth is also a player who could be traded this offseason. It remains to be seen who will win that contract. In addition, with the emergence of Ha-seong Kim, the Padres were able to move Cronenworth and use Ha-seong Kim as the starting second baseman.”San Diego plans to reduce next year’s payroll to about $200 million. If Cronenworth is judged to be a villain, there is a possibility that they will boldly break up with him on a diet basis. However, as his value has dropped due to his poor performance this season, it is unclear whether there will be a team willing to trade him.