3 former Phillies fan favorites still without a job heading toward spring training

Will our former friends find new homes before spring training starts in February?

Former Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins has yet to sign in free agency
Former Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins has yet to sign in free agency / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages
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Rhys Hoskins

Rhys Hoskins is easily the biggest name on this list. The soon-to-be 31-year-old slugger can be credited along with Aaron Nola as the two young stars that helped build the early core of a Phillies team that was a few years away from contention.

In a six-year run as the Phillies' primary first baseman, Hoskins established himself as a leader on and off the field. In 427 games, Hoskins batted .242 with 148 home runs, 405 RBI, and collected 588 hits. His best season with the Phillies came in 2018 when he hit .246 with 34 home runs and 96 RBI.

Coming into 2023, Hoskins was entering his last season under contract and was ready to make his case as a viable free agent this offseason. Those plans came to a screeching halt when he suffered a knee injury during spring training, ending his season before it even started.

Like Segura, Hoskins found himself on the outside looking in. With the development of Bryce Harper being penciled in as the team's first baseman going forward and a roadblock at DH with Kyle Schwarber holding down that role for another few seasons, Hoskins found himself the odd man out in a Phillies uniform.

This offseason has produced a number of rumors regarding teams interested in Rhys Hoskins. At various points during this painfully slow Hot Stove season, teams like the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, and most recently, the San Francisco Giants (subscription required) have all shown various interest in Hoskins' power bat. When healthy, Hoskins has shown the ability to hit 30-plus home runs in a season.

What kind of deal Hoskins will receive a year removed from surgery is anyone's guess. No matter where Rhys lands, seeing him donning a new uniform will be a strange sight.

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