Is Rhys Hoskins the future at first base for the Philadelphia Phillies?
Following a magical World Series run when Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins was able to hit six home runs and 12 runs batted in over a 17-game postseason, there was some speculation that the veteran may be made available for trade.
Flash forward to more than a month from the end of the Phillies season, and much has already changed. While the Phillies were able to add notable pieces — such as shortstop Trea Turner, starting pitcher Taijuan Walker, reliever Matthew Strahm, and pitching prospect Noah Song, the trade talks for Hoskins haven’t been too active.
When it comes to the prospect of keeping Hoskins, Phillies fans appear to be split. On one hand, he is the active longest-tenured Phillies’ batter and one of the few homegrown bats in the lineup. On the other hand, his cold streaks offensively — along with below-average defensive play — could be enough to make President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski search elsewhere when Hoskins reaches free agency after the 2023 season.
While the Phillies may not have to choose whether Hoskins is in the long-term plans this offseason, they will have to make their choice on extending him soon. The California native is set to hit free agency next season, putting the Phillies at a crossroads for their future.