MLB San Francisco strengthens slugging power by recruiting 2021 WS MVP Soler

The San Francisco Giants of the American Professional Baseball (MLB), where Lee Jeong-hoo plays, recruited long hitter Jorge Soler (31), a former World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Local newspaper San Francisco Chronicle reported on the 13th (Korean time), “Soler has agreed to a three-year contract with San Francisco.

It is reported that he is expected to receive an average of $12 to $17 million per year."

Soler recorded a batting average of 0.243, 170 home runs, 452 RBI, and a slugging percentage of 0.467 in 870 games over 10 seasons in the big league.

Soler hit a home run in 2019.

He ranked first in American League home runs with 58, and in 2021, wearing an Atlanta Braves uniform, he played in the World Series with 6 hits in 20 at-bats, 3 home runs, and 6 RBIs, winning the MVP award.

Last year, he played for the Miami Marlins in 137 games with a batting average of 0.250, 36 home runs, 75 RBI, a slugging percentage of 0.512, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.853.

For San Francisco, which urgently needs to strengthen its slugging ability, Soler's addition is welcome.

San Francisco ranked 27th in the league in team slugging percentage (0.383) in the 2023 season.

Outfielder Mitch Haniger, who hit 39 home runs for the Seattle Mariners in 2021, was also traded to Seattle after hitting only 6 home runs in 61 games after moving to San Francisco last year.

MLB.com said, “San Francisco has not produced a hitter with 30 home runs since Barry Bonds in 2004,” and added, “If Soler continues his momentum in the 2023 season, he can end that drought.”

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Pub: 20 Feb 2024 02:33 UTC
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