Rhys Hoskins has talked up Phillies with Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper remains one of the biggest names still on the free agent market, and there obviously are no shortage of suitors for his services.
Among the teams said to be strong contenders for the slugger are the Philadelphia Phillies, and one of the team’s stars admits he’s talked up the team with Harper.
Rhys Hoskins spent some time chatting with reporters at new teammate Andrew McCutchen’s introductory press conference Tuesday, and among the topics addressed was his apparent recruiting of Harper.
“Probably safe to assume that, yeah,” Hoskins said when asked if he’s spoken to Harper, via the Philly Voice. “It’s just more of me offering any look into what this city is like, what the organization is like, what the clubhouse is like, what [manager Gabe Kapler] is like. It’s me offering info to him, if he wants it, and I have expressed to him I’m here to chat if he wants it.”
The notion that Hoskins would have some kind of backchannel to Harper stems from the fact the two share the same agent, Scott Boras, which is probably why reporters asked him about the free agent in the first place.
Hoskins went on to note how the Phillies have developed into an attractive destination for the big names on the market like Harper.
“I think winning, the improved season, does that itself,” Hoskins said. “You heard Cutch talk, he saw it first hand when he came as a visitor last year. He saw something special was brewing here and I would agree with him. There is a plethora of young talent here.”
The Phillies are among the teams in the running not only to sign Harper, but also Manny Machado, the other huge get that can be had in free agency this offseason. Hoskins was reluctant, though, to identify which superstar he would prefer to join the team.
Interestingly, Hoskins’ comments on Harper come amid a report that indicates the Phillies are more interested in Machado. That said, it goes without saying that Hoskins, and presumably the Phillies, would be thrilled to land either superstar.