Report: Mets, Cardinals, Jays among 6 teams interested in Ha-seong Kim

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The posting deadline for star Korean shortstop Ha-seong Kim is approaching quickly, and his list of suitors appears to be growing.

The New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, and San Diego Padres are all in the running to sign Kim, according to SNY's Corey Hersch, citing a South Korean report from Bae Ji-Heon of Naver News.

They're joined by the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers, whose interest in the 25-year-old was previously reported.

The infielder has apparently left South Korea to undergo a physical in the United States, although it's uncertain which team he'll sign with, sources told Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Kim has received offers of five years or more from multiple teams, sources told ESPN's Daniel Kim this week. The Blue Jays offered Kim a contract of at least five years, added Kim.

San Diego, which reportedly acquired left-hander Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, is making a "serious run" at Kim, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Kim has spent seven seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization, including the last two with the Kiwoom Heroes. He slashed .306/.397/.523 with 30 homers, 109 RBIs, 23 stolen bases, and 75 walks for Kiwoom in 2020. He's split time between third base and shortstop over the last two campaigns but has primarily played at the latter position throughout his career.

His deadline to sign an MLB contract is Jan. 1.

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