Rhys Hoskins is active on social media. He tweets about the Eagles and pop culture. He’s good with emojis and hashtags. Oh, and he keeps tabs on all the offseason rumors throughout baseball.
So, will the Phillies wind up with Bryce Harper or Manny Machado?
“I have a gut feeling that we’ll get one of them,” Hoskins said.
Hoskins has a vested interest, of course. He’s excited that the Phillies are chasing Harper and Machado because either of the marquee free agents would be a heavyweight tag-team partner in the middle of the order. But as an emerging star who isn’t eligible for free agency for another five years, he’s equally disappointed to see more than 100 players still unsigned with pitchers and catchers set to report to spring training in three weeks.
On that first point, Hoskins said he isn’t sure from where his confidence stems. He claims to neither be involved in the courtship of either player or to have insider information, even though he and Harper are both represented by agent Scott Boras.