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Joseph is only 25, showed legitimate power potential, and is under club control through 2023. That’s not usually something you give up on after one season, especially when you factor in the Phillies dreadful offense.
He’s a poor defensive first basemen and provides no defensive versatility. Not that Joseph must be an elite defender to stick, but there are only five un-versatile first basemen in the NL that warrant everyday at-bats -Votto, Rizzo, Gonzalez, Freeman, Goldschmidt – and unless he’s turning into one of those guys (not likely), he maps out as an everyday American League player (1B/DH).
That doesn’t take away from Joseph’s value though, he has it, and the club will maximize it one way or another.