Rhys Hoskins Mar 20, 2023; Clearwater, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins (17) hits a two-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles in the second inning during spring training at BayCare Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

MLB free agency has been untraditionally slow up until this point of the offseason aside from all of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ major moves. However, that may be changing, as the Milwaukee Brewers made a significant move on Tuesday night.

The Phillies’ decision to move Bryce Harper to first base permanently resulted in a drastic shift in the organization, leaving star first baseman Rhys Hoskins without a clear role on the team.

This led to the Phillies opting not to resign him this offseason. The Brewers took advantage of this decision on Tuesday, signing Hoskins to a two-year $34 million deal, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The deal is essentially a “prove it” deal from the Brewers to Hoskins. The deal included an opt-out clause after the first season which will allow the team to move off the contract after the 2024 season if they so choose.

Fans took notice of the move on social media, sharing their thoughts on the signing and how they believe Hoskins will fit on this Brewers team.


This signing for the Brewers comes with some obvious risk as well as some huge upside. Hoskins notably missed the entirety of the 2023 season after tearing his ACL in spring training last year.

When Hoskins is at his best, he is amongst the most dangerous pure hitters in all of baseball. He has two seasons in his career where he has hit at least 30 home runs with a career batting average of .242.

If he can provide these kinds of numbers for the Brewers in 2024, it will be a much-needed boost to this Brewers offense that desperately needs it.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.