Hoskins’ qualification as a Philadelphia Phillies qualifying offer candidate is due to…

The Philadelphia Phillies face a decision on the future of their injured first baseman, Rhys Hoskins.

In a preview of players that could receive the one-year qualifying offer, MLB Trade Rumors declared Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins a possible candidate for a qualifying offer as that window approaches.

Hoskins is a free agent this offseason. However, the Phillies could choose to tender Hoskins a one-year qualifying offer, which is estimated to be slightly more than $20 million this season, in an attempt to try and keep him, or at least ensure themselves a draft pick if he walks.

The Phillies must decide whether to extend that offer by five days after the World Series. The Texas Rangers are ahead 2-1 in Game 4 of their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, which takes place on Tuesday night.

If Hoskins accepts the tender, that would be his contract for 2024. If he doesn’t, and he joins another team, the Phillies get draft pick compensation.

The fact that Hoskins injured his ACL during spring training and missed the entire 2023 season further complicated matters.

Hoskins is a career.242 hitter who can draw walks with consistency and hits anywhere from 20 to 30 home runs in a season. However, the Phillies have discovered Bryce Harper to fill his void at first base.

Harper took to the position out of necessity as he continued his recovery from Tommy John surgery. But he was a good fielder, and it might be better for his long-term health for him to play that position.

So, the Phillies have to weigh Harper’s future against that of Hoskins, who must weigh testing free agency against a potential qualifying offer.

It’s an intriguing situation and one worth watching after the World Series ends.

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