Finally, the 2017 season is almost over for the Philadelphia Phillies. This season has been a huge disappointment from top to bottom. From under preforming play on the field to the infamous Pete Rose story, this franchise desperately needs this season to end so they can regroup and concentrate on getting this franchise back to being an elite organization. This past month though has seen a small resurgence in the Phillies lineup which has been led by the National League’s Rookie of the Month Rhys Hoskins. His bat has proven that the Phillies have hope in 2018 and the front office should resist temptation and keep Hoskins for years to come.
This franchise has been lacking in a true superstar since the departure of their World Series core and Rhys Hoskins seems to fit the description of someone willing to carry this team on his shoulders. Sure, he has only been in the majors since August 10th and the sample size of his skills are a small one but his entrance to the majors has been a huge success. He is setting major league records with his ability to hit home runs and also assisted in a triple play. Overall, Rhys Hoskins has been quite the delightful surprise for the organization that is desperately seeking a change in fortune.
That is exactly why this team should not entertain trade requests and they should start to build the team around him. It is normal for a team to trade a young player with a bright future but isn’t time this franchise starts to think long term instead of the short term? Philadelphia has been yearning for a player with the overall talent that Hoskins has shown. It is certain the Phillies front office will be flooded with trade offers for Hoskins but Matt Klentak and his staff should decline every one of those offers.
If Hoskins continues to perform the way he has been his trade value will be astronomically high. The Phillies could realistically gut a team’s farm system and gain some valuable assets in return for Hoskins. He is still a rookie and would be under team control for years to come. Just that point alone would make teams salivate at the opportunity to acquire Rhys services. However, for this team to become competitive again they need a player to build around. Gaining assets is a hit or miss opportunity and might not be worth it in the long run for this franchise. Keeping Hoskins and figuring out the other missing pieces would be the most intelligent decision this organization has made in years.
Sure, the fact remains that Rhys Hoskins has only been in the majors for a month but his talent level might just be enough for this franchise to turn the corner. He sure looks like a player that this fan base needs to cheer for and looks like a player that will be here for years to come. The front office needs to realize that and they need to overcome temptation when teams call this off season. If they do not do that, 2018 will look a lot like 2017 and that will be another brutal season of baseball for the city of Philadelphia.
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