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November 08, 2023

Bryce Harper will be the Phillies' first baseman full-time

Phillies president Dave Dombrowski told reporters at the GM meetings that Bryce Harper will the club's first baseman going forward, likely signaling the end for Rhys Hoskins' run in Philadelphia.

The conversation was had and a decision was made: Bryce Harper will be the Phillies' first baseman moving forward.

Phillies president Dave Dombrowski confirmed the move to reporters Wednesday at the MLB GM meetings down in Scottsdale, Arizona, and also told them that Rhys Hoskins has been informed of the decision, which likely spells the end of the longtime slugger's run in Philadelphia. 

More on Harper's full-time switch to first via's Todd Zolecki:

Keeping Harper at first does allow the Phillies to form a more robust lineup. The DH spot gets cleared up for Kyle Schwarber, who can focus solely on hitting, while Nick Castellanos can remain in right field with left and center going to the more athletic Brandon Marsh and/or Cristian Pache/Johan Rojas (for now). 

It all seems to come at the expense, however, of leaving Hoskins with no spot to consistently play, which was always a concern the Phillies were going to have to deal with at some point once Harper started learning the position to compensate for Hoskins being out from an ACL tear

Some point finally arrived, and while the door on a Hoskins return isn't entirely shut yet, it looks like the situation will soon lead him and the Phillies to both move on. 

Via The Philadelphia Inquirer's Alex Coffey:

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