8. Rhys Hoskins
Maybe I should have eased you into this one. After a few easy names that we can watch go this offseason, we have to face another tough one.
Hoskins hasn't been around quite as long as Nola, but he occupies a similar space in Phillies fans' hearts. He's one of the core guys who made it through those years of struggles and helped bring this team back up to where we knew they could be.
But there's only so much that being beloved by your city can do for keeping you on a roster.
Losing Hoskins for the year to a torn ACL felt like a massive blow, but in some ways it was a blessing in disguise. Bryce Harper’s emergence as a capable first baseman gives this lineup a ton more versatility, and also reduces the need to gamble on Hoskins with a big contract after such a significant injury.
Hoskins had 30 home runs in 2022 when he last suited up, but even that isn’t enough to sell me on his being worth a new contract either. He wasn’t actually hitting the ball any better than usual, with career-low marks in both hard-hit rate (32.3%) and fly-ball rate (41.7%). You don’t generally want to buy high on a guy with shaky underlying metrics, and that’s before you factor in the injury and replaceability at the position.