Last year at the trade deadline, the Phillies acquired infielder Edmundo Sosa from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for reliever JoJo Romero. Sosa was considered one of the top defensive infielders in the game as his 13 DRS in the previous two seasons was tied for fifth among all shortstops during that same period of time. In addition, he could play multiple positions, including shortstop, second base and third base, so he also provided the ballclub with the plug-and-play versatility in their lineup everyday. Surprisingly, Sosa also provided some surprising offensive output, by hitting .315 with a .937 OPS with seven doubles, one triple, two home runs, 13 RBI and two stolen bases in just 54 at-bats down the stretch.
In doing so, the Phillies signed him to another one-year contract for 2023, hoping once again he could be the utility player they could use optimally in their lineup whenever needed. However, for the 2023 season, Sosa has struggled both offensively and defensively for much of the year. From an offensive standpoint, he has only hit .246 with a .690 OPS, with only 24 runs scored, seven home runs, 21 RBI, five walks and 51 strikeouts in 75 games played. Defensively, he is having one of his worst performances statistically in his career, having committed eight errors along with a -2 DRS.
With the recent move of Harper to first base, along with Alec Bohm getting a firm hold of third base due to his effectiveness, along with the struggles of Sosa, it appears as though there will be less of a need for Sosa down the stretch and probably going into next year as a result.
Overall, all of these players will need to step up their game to show their worth to the Phillies if they hope to be a part of their winning core and culture for this year and beyond.