3 pending Phillies free agents who should be brought back, 1 who should not

Who should the Phillies bring back for the 2024 season to help sustain their recent successful run and who should they move on from?
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Rhys Hoskins

For Rhys Hoskins, it has certainly been an unfortunate year for him as he went down early in Spring Training after suffering a season-ending ACL tear while fielding a ground ball. Hoskins had been the Phillies’ mainstay at first base for the past few years, along with being one of their most consistent power-hitting, run-producer in the top and middle part of their lineup. Throughout his career, he could always be relied upon to provide, on average, a prolific offensive output of 30 doubles, 30 home runs and 80 RBI per season.

Despite being ruled out for the regular season, Hoskins has actually worked hard to give himself a chance to come back during the postseason if the Phillies make it there. He has travelled with the team, along with working out with his teammates in preparation for the playoffs, which now appears highly likely from where the Phillies currently stand. That’s how determined and devoted he was to the ballclub in helping them to succeed and win.

For someone who is definitely part of the heart and soul of the ballclub, it would be cruel for the Phillies to not bring him back after the 2023 season after what he has gone through this year, along with what he has accomplished with the ballclub for his entire career. It would make the most sense to work out a short one-year deal to see how he does coming back from ACL surgery and give him all the opportunity to perform at his best once he is back to 100% health. Knowing Hoskins, he will be sure to make the most of it and prove to the Phillies once again that he has plenty left in the tank for the coming years and beyond.