Padres acquire Yu Darvish and sign Ha-Seong Kim after Blake Snell Trade

The San Diego Padres were not yet done loading their roster after their blockbuster Sunday night trade for Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell.

The Padres acquired Snell, a former Cy Young Award winner, on Sunday night, and then turned around on Monday to get 2020 National League Cy Young runner-up Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs, which added another couple of potential aces to a pitching staff already brimming with talent.

Darvish was coming off a 12-start, 2020 season (76 innings) that saw him finish with a 2.0 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.

In addition, the Padres signed Ha-Seong Kim, out of Korea, to a four-year, $25 million deal.

The Kim signing is flying under the radar as the Padres acquire frontline pitching upgrades. At only 25, he has both power and speed and has accumulated 134 stolen bases and 133 home runs (Korean Baseball Organization). The Padres see this as a coup, but will these numbers translate to the MLB?

“We have talented players at our major league level and minor league level,” Padres General Manager A.J. Preller said Tuesday night. “That always enables you to have the ability to line up on different deals. … The currency in the game (is) talented young players.”

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