To that end, with the period for posting players from the KBO now open, it sounds like Kim will officially be made available to MLB teams after Thanksgiving:
— Daniel Kim 대니얼 김 (@DanielKimW) November 13, 2020
This is very sensible timing for the start of the 25-year-old shortstop’s posting period, as it’ll keep open his 30-day window to negotiate with teams until deep into December. Moreover, it’ll mean that he will have plenty of time to talk to teams *after* they get a sense of the market if it gets reshaped by the non-tender deadline on December 2.
For the Cubs, it would buy them a little more time to sort out their financial situation (in terms of trades and non-tenders), and also perhaps afford them more time to adjust their 2021 budget as more information about the pandemic and the vaccine become available.
I don’t think there are too many guys out there for whom the Cubs would extend themselves right now, but I also think they might consider being more flexible when you’re talking about a young, long-term piece like Kim. If the Cubs believe he has the potential to be a quality starter, they might put the scratch together. The best version of Kim – a high-contact, solid-power bat, who runs well and can play all over the infield – is a guy the Cubs really need over the next several years. Second base is not locked down, and shortstop and third base each have a player entering his final year of team control. There is plenty of need for a 25-year-old with upside. If you need more info on Kim, that’s the link for you.