Three blockbuster Rhys Hoskins trades this Phillies should consider this offseason
There is no secret that the Philadelphia Phillies have to explore all options this offseason to improve a team that fell one win short of their first postseason berth since 2011 — despite the expanded playoff format.
The Phillies’ postseason drought is now the second-longest in Major League Baseball, bested only by the Seattle Mariners (2011. The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels trail close behind (2014).
One avenue the Phillies and interim general manager Ned Rice could turn to over the next few months is improving their club through trade. Of course, in order to get back valuable, Major League-ready assets, the Phillies would have to part ways with some of their own. First baseman Rhys Hoskins just might be a part of those discussions.
And, with National League Rookie of the Year Award candidate Alec Bohm widely discussed to be better suited to play first base rather than the hot corner, where would that leave Hoskins? Perhaps now is the right time for the Phillies to part ways with him. Jean Segura and/or Scott Kingery could play third base in lieu of Bohm; and, if Didi Gregorius is re-signed, he would play shortstop.
The four-year veteran in Hoskins has had ups and downs during his Phillies tenure to date. The pinnacle point arguably came during his 2017 rookie season, when he set a Major League Baseball record for being the fastest player to reach 18 home runs (34 games). Hoskins produced a respectable .245/.384/.503 slash line in 2020; but, he slashed just .172/.429/.241 and .186/.239/.395 over his first and last 10 games, respectively.
Here are three potential blockbuster trades involving Hoskins — who should be close to full health come Opening Day 2021 following surgery on his non-throwing elbow — that the Phillies should pursue this offseason.