Kim signed a four-year, $10.58 million deal to return to Korea and play for the LG Twins of the KBO, Sports Seoul reports.
The 29-year-old outfielder was 20 percent better than league average (120 wRC+) in 346 plate appearances, almost exclusively against righties, in 2016 with the Orioles. However, he was much, much worse (61 wRC+) in 239 plate appearances split between the Orioles and Phillies last season. Given the length of the deal, he can be forgotten in almost all dynasty formats.
Kim started in left field Tuesday and went 2-for-5 with a run scored in a 9-1 win over the Mets.
Kim has started four straight games, but his playing time is going to dry up soon with Aaron Altherr (hamstring) aiming to return this week. The 29-year-old has hit .236/.304/.306 since coming over to the Phillies as part of the Jeremy Hellickson trade.
Kim went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Angels.
Kim has started three straight games with the DH available and due to missed time from a couple of the Phillies' regular outfielders. His playing time should start to dry up with the Phillies' outfield back to full health and with the team going back to National League play Friday.
GM Matt Klentak said Kim will likely be used as a bench player, Gordie Jones of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Kim is a free agent after the season, so the Phillies have little to gain by giving him at-bats at the expense of their young outfielders. Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr and Nick Williams should start in the outfield most nights moving forward unless the Phillies opt to add one more of their young outfielders to the mix. Kim will have his playing time sprinkled in to give the other players an occasional day off.
Kim was traded to the Phillies, along with minor-leaguer Garrett Cleavinger and international signing bonus slots, for Jeremy Hellickson and cash considerations Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
The 29-year-old has shown flashes of productiveness over the past two seasons with the Orioles, but could never really break through for a major role in left field, ultimately being phased out in favor of Trey Mancini. Nonetheless, with Howie Kendrick traded by Philadelphia in a separate move Friday, Kim may get a legitimate shot at an everyday starting role prior to becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The lefty is slashing just .2332/.305/.288 with a -0.4 WAR through 56 games, so he'll need to show some improvement before becoming fantasy-worthy.
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