In theory, first base is an area of need for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Their primary option, Rhys Hoskins, is out for the season with a torn ACL. Darick Hall had a strong showing in 41 games in 2022 and was set to take over the job, but he landed on the Injured List with a torn ligament in his thumb. The subsequent surgery knocked him out for most of the year thus far, but he could be back soon. This has left the Phillies with a platoon of Kody Clemens and Alec Bohm at the position. Suffice to say, that would be sub-optimal at best.
Eric Hosmer is not the answer for the Philadelphia Phillies
Naturally, one will start to look for replacements for that duo. After all, the Phillies are expected to contend for a playoff berth this year. This led Jon Heyman of the New York Post to posit that the Phillies could look to Eric Hosmer to fill that void, at least until Hall comes back.
There is just one problem with that idea – Hosmer is not an upgrade. Phillies first basemen have produced a combined .260/.315/.416 batting line with ten homers this year. Hosmer has averaged a .263/.323/.406 batting line with 12 homers since the start of the 2018 season when he left Kansas City. Why would the Phillies pay for Hosmer when they already have the same level of production?
That concept becomes even more absurd considering that Hall could begin a rehab assignment soon. The Phillies can make do with a duo of Bohm and Clemens for a few more weeks. There is even more upside there than Hosmer possesses at this point. He just is not the answer they need.
The Philadelphia Phillies are considered a potential landing spot for Eric Hosmer. He just does not make sense.