MLB’s contract frenzy continues into the 2019 season. Over the offseason and into this season almost two dozen Major League athletes agreed to contract extensions including Phillies ace Aaron Nola. With that said it might be time to extend Rhys Hoskins.
Hoskins is still in club control for the next four seasons including three years of arbitration. The Phillies are not necessarily in a position where they have to negotiate. But if they’re able to take away Hoskins arbitration years for a fair price it would be business done right.
Arbitration years for a club and player can be scaring. A player’s agent which sometimes includes the player has a hearing against their own team. They exchange arguments in front of arbitrators to persuade the panel for their next year’s salary. The team unsurprisingly has a low figure when the player and his agent have a high figure. This side of the baseball “business” does not always spare the relationship between player and team.
The Phillies, fortunately, managed to stay away from this situation with Nola. They agreed to a contract extention of four-years, $45 Million. So the contract covers all three years of arbitration and possibly two years of free agency if the Phillies exercise the club option.
It is yet to be known if Hoskins would be willing to give up any years of his free agency. But for the Phillies to be able to sign Hoskins through his arbitration years will benefit both sides. Hoskins will then have some financial stability. And for the Phillies, they will likely be able to sign Hoskins for only slightly higher numbers than proposed arbitration figures. Along with keeping a clean relationship with Hoskins to increase their chances of resigning again.
In September of 2018, Hoskins switched agencies to represent him from Legacy Agency to powerhouse Scott Boras. Hoskins along with teammates Bryce Harper, Jake Arrieta, Nick Williams, and Vince Velasquez are also represented by Boras.
A player having Boras as an agent, signing an extension is not an option. For Boras free agency is when he pays off for his clients. With patience and strategy, Boras gets his clients their top dollar. So for Hoskins to give up any free agency years is probably out of the question.
Keeping the core togther
The rebuilding years are well behind the Phillies. So now they don’t want to lose the core they developed. The core four consist of Harper, Hoskins, Realmuto, and Nola. Harper is not going anywhere because of his 13-year contract. While Realmuto has two years including one of the years being his last year of arbitration. Nola comes into the season fresh off of a four-year contract extension. So for the Phillies to extend Hoskins will be another big step forward to keep this core together.
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