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Quick Notes: Bryce Harper To Play First Base Going Forward
With this announcement the Phillies seem to be moving on from Rhys Hoskins, do the Nationals go out and sign the veteran first baseman?
Well, this shouldn’t be such a surprise, but if there was any doubt, that was laid to rest today by Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.
According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, it looks like Bryce Harper will be playing first base every day for the Phillies in 2024, and Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post adds that free agent Rhys Hoskins has been informed of the decision. Dombrowski added that the club sees Kyle Schwarber as its everyday designated hitter, per Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
With this announcement, it looks like the Phillies might be moving on from Rhys Hoskins. It was only yesterday that it was reported that the Phillies didn’t even offer Hoskins a qualifying offer, therefore making the 30-year-old a free agent.
Hoskins, 30, was an interesting borderline case to receive a qualified offer. On the one hand, he had slugged 148 home runs in his career and hit .242/.353/.492 for a wRC+ of 126. But he then missed the entire 2023 season after tearing his left ACL in Spring Training.
Hoskins could be a perfect fit for the Washington Nationals as they are looking to fill a spot for a first baseman.
More to come.
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