10:52 PM ET
SAN DIEGO — South Korean slugger Ha-seong Kim left no doubt how he feels about his new team, the San Diego Padres.
“The main reason I joined the Padres is that the Padres are not only a contender but will become the World Series champions this year. I want to be part of a winning team,” Kim said through an interpreter during an introductory videoconference on Tuesday.
Asked what he was looking forward to the most and what his biggest challenge would be, he repeated his main goal.
“First and foremost is the Padres winning the World Series, and I would like to contribute significantly to that winning team,” Kim said from Korea. “Personally, the challenge to me, my goal is to become the rookie of the year.”
The confident Kim could get his wish if everything comes together for the Padres, who got a whole lot better in the span of just a few days last week. That’s when general manager A.J. Preller reloaded his injury-depleted rotation by trading for Yu Darvish and Blake Snell, and signing Kim, a seven-year veteran of the KBO League.
The 25-year-old infielder inked a four-year,