3. Rhys Hoskins
Everything that the Phillies have accomplished this season has been without Rhys Hoskins on the field. The standout first baseman has missed all of 2023 due to an ACL tear suffered during spring training and, barring a miracle, won’t suit up at all this year.
A season-ending injury is always disappointing for a player, especially when they’re in a contract year.
Spotrac lists Hoskins making $12 million in 2023, which is a number the Phillies might be hesitant to come close to this offseason. While he’s crushed 27-plus HRs four times since 2018, there’s no guarantee that the 30-year-old can return to that level.
If Hoskins isn’t willing to take a pay cut, he might have to look elsewhere for his next contract. After all, Philadelphia still has Alec Bohm under team control through 2026 while Bryce Harper has filled in nicely at first base when needed.
Perhaps Hoskins loves Philly enough to take a cheaper deal, but you can’t fault him if he wants the money.
The Phillies have solid backup options in case things don’t work out, so don’t be shocked if the Sacramento, CA native is in different threads next year.