The Milwaukee Brewers were edged out of a playoff spot in 2022 by the Philadelphia Phillies. That year the Phillies were the last team to make it into the postseason but they ended up making a magical run to the world series. One player that played a large part in that was first baseman Rhys Hoskins.
Rhys Hoskins was a postseason star for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2022, but an ACL injury prevented him from having a 2023 season.
Throughout the NLDS and NLCS in 2022 Hoskins belted five home runs across nine games. In the world series he collected his sixth long ball of the postseason. Power has always been a big part of his game and throughout six MLB seasons his 162 game average in home runs is 36 and his career slugging percentage is .492.
After an electric playoff showing Hoskins entered spring training in 2023 under his final year of team control. Unfortunately he ended up tearing his ACL and missed the entire regular season. Entering his age 31 season he is now a free agent for the first time in his career.
How much money could Rhys Hoskins make in free agency?
Outside of Cody Bellinger, who in addition to playing first base also plays in the outfield, Rhys Hoskins is the top available free agent first baseman. This holds true even with some uncertainty caused by him missing the entire 2023 season.
Contract wise it’s hard to predict what Hoskins will get. At this point in the offseason the longer he remains unsigned the higher odds there are of him signing a one year, prove it deal. Contrary to that he has been a proven run producing threat at the plate throughout his career and his agent, Scott Boras, is likely searching for a multi year deal.
Rhys Hoskins has been listed as a potential landing spot for the Milwaukee Brewers.
According to Fox Sports MLB writer Rowan Kavner Rhys Hoskins would be a logical fit for the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brew Crew currently have left-handed hitting Jake Bauers and righty Owen Miller penciled in at first base. They also don’t have a clear favorite at the designated hitter position in which if signed Hoskins would be a candidate to get playing time there.
The Brewers ranked 25th in home runs and slugging last year, had the lowest OPS at DH, were only marginally better at first base and generally failed to make hard contact. Hoskins, who has a career 1.194 OPS in nine games at Miller Park, could help change that.
The Brewers added Jake Bauers this offseason, but that shouldn’t preclude them from giving a one-year deal to the right-handed-hitting Hoskins to help the 30-year-old reestablish his value after missing last year with a torn ACL. If the Brewers end up contending, Hoskins can help. And if they go full fire sale, he can help there, too, on a short-term deal.
Spring training is rapidly approaching and begins in less than one month. Free agents are going to start feeling the pressure to sign soon, so it will be interesting to see if Hoskins and the Brewers end up getting a deal done.
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