7 Phillies players who won't be back next season

With changes on the horizon, expect a slightly new look for the 2024 Phillies.

Championship Series - Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks - Game Six
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Rhys Hoskins

The Phillies were dealt a big blow heading into this season when Rhys Hoskins tore his ACL in Spring Training. The Phillies were set with Hoskins as their first baseman heading into the year, and the injury forced them to waste time playing guys like Kody Clemens, Jake Cave and Darick Hall at first base until Bryce Harper got acclimated to the position.

With Harper proving he's able to play first base, the Phillies bringing Hoskins back doesn't feel very likely. They have Brandon Marsh pencilled in as the team's left fielder with Nick Castellanos in right and Johan Rojas between them in center field. The Phillies could move Harper back to the outfield, but then that leaves Castellanos without a position. Both Marsh and Rojas have earned regular roles.

While Hoskins did miss the entirety of the 2023 season, he's still going to get a ton of interest on the free agent market. Several teams in search of a power-hitting first baseman or DH can offer Hoskins a substantial amount of money for a year or two for him to reestablish himself as one of the game's best power-hitting first basemen.

The Phillies showed they had more than enough firepower without him, so the team spending the money it would take to bring him back just doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Fans would've loved his tenure in Philadelphia to end another way and would've loved to see him in the postseason one more time, but you can't always get what you want.