Mariners upgrade #3 - Rhys Hoskins (1B)
Rhys Hoskins did not play in 2023 after tearing his ACL in spring training. However, he's been a remarkably consistent hitter since making his major league debut in 2017 and posted an OPS of .794 (123 OPS+) in 2022. A spark plug for an always dangerous Phillies team, his bat would be a valuable addition to any lineup, especially Seattle's.
Hoskins doesn't quite hit for average but makes up for it with exceptional power. His 2022 average exit velocity of 90.1 mph (72nd percentile) and xSLG of .445 (78th percentile) would undoubtedly add some thump. Commonly cited as a positive clubhouse presence, he also has the ability to offer intangible value in addition to his contributions at the plate.
A factor that increases the likelihood of Hoskins departing Philadelphia is the current situation with Bryce Harper occupying first base while he recovers from his Tommy John surgery. With Kyle Schwarber also filling in as DH, the Phillies may be reluctant to sign Hoskins due to the crowded depth chart for those two roles. Could Seattle be his next destination?