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There are a lot of questions facing the Philadelphia Phillies this offseason but the first and biggest was whether or not to sign Rhys Hoskins. Bryce Harper took over as the primary first basemen for the Phillies after the All-Star break begging the question, what about Rhys Hoskins?

It seems like when asked, Bryce Harper said he would be willing to play anyway and that’s when General Manager Dave Dombrowski made the decision to have him continue the duties at first base and allow Hoskins to find other options. More from the Philadelphia Inquirer on that.

He was a critical part of the 2022 run to the World Series including this epic homer against Spencer Strider (shh) and the Atlanta Braves (boo).

Rhys Hoskins Injury

This was what is known as his “contract year” meaning the final year in his deal to be able to convince the Phillies (or another team) to sign him for a lot of money. Expectations were high and then, unfortunately, an injury in Spring Training ended his season before it even started.

Here is a video of the injury back in March, right before the season was set to begin. A non-contact left knee injury that led later to surgery.

Will They Let Rhys Hoskins Walk?

It seems like at this point they will. As explained above and explained in the Philadelphia Inquirer post, it seems like Bryce Harper will become the full-time first baseman and Rhys Hoskins will get to explore other options during free agency. But where will he go? And will he end up facing the Phillies a couple of times in the regular season, the playoffs, or (God forbid) the World Series? We break down the options below.

Let’s start with his history, where it all started, and where it is today.

  • Pre-Major League Baseball

    Rhys Hoskins is a Sacramento, California product and attended Sacramento State up until 2014 when he was drafted. Here’s a video of him from college.

  • Rhys Hoskins Drafted To The Phillies

    He was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB draft to the Philadelphia Phillies. He’s been with us since the beginning of his career. He loves the fans

  • Current Contract

    He just wrapped up a one year contract he signed in January of 2023. It was for $12 million and now he is officially a free agent.

    Division Series - Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies - Game Three

    (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

  • Who Will Sign Him?

    A lot of reports are indicating that the Chicago Cubs are VERY interested in signing Hoskins to be their first basemen including MLB Trade Rumors.

    Though Hoskins would add another right-handed bat to a lineup that already features Morel, Seiya SuzukiDansby Swanson and Nico Hoerner on a regular basis, he would provide the club with an additional power bat that the club has lacked in recent years”

    Would he be a good fit in Chicago?

    Wrigley Field

    (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • San Diego?

    According to LastWordOnSports, this could be an option for the California native.

    Signing Rhys Hoskins could also go one of two ways. Perhaps there’s a one-year deal that could see how things go for both sides or a long-term deal with the hopes of a championship.”

    Division Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego Padres - Game Four

    (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

  • The Twins?

    According to PhilliesNation, this could be a landing spot for him.

    One way to do that might be bolstering a lineup that can be thin on right-handed power when the oft-injured Byron Buxton is out of the lineup.”

    Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins

     (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

  • San Fran?

    Maybe he’s really headed to play for the team he was taught to love as a kid, the San Francisco Giants, this is according to PhilliesNation.

    Hoskins — a Sacramento native — grew up a Giants fan, so playing for San Francisco would be a cool opportunity for him.”

    San Francisco Giants v Miami Marlins

    (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

  • The Land

    Maybe Cleveland is a match for Rhys Hoskins? This could be a viable option for the team that just saw their amazing manager, Terry Francona, retire at the end of this season. More from PhilliesNation.

    “Hoskins makes quite a bit of sense from a baseball standpoint, as he could be their starting first baseman and provide thump in a lineup that also includes José Ramírez and Josh Naylor.”


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