The Phillies and agent Scott Boras have long had a contentious relationship, dating back to the Phillies failed attempt to sign outfielder J.D. Drew back in 1997. The Phillies selected Drew with the number-two overall pick in the draft, but he refused to sign and instead, sat out a season and signed with the Cardinals.
Since then, the two sides have had some successful dealings – Jake Arrieta among them – with Boras and his clients. Now, they’ll have another reason to deal with Boras, who just added Phillies outfielder/first baseman Rhys Hoskins to his “team.”
For Hoskins, signing with Boras isn’t all about getting the most money that he can. What attracted him were the ancillary bonuses that an agent like Boras has at his disposal.
“It came down to a decision where I felt like Boras’ team, the people he has working for him, and himself are going to give me the best chance to be the best baseball player I can be,” Hoskins said. “He has resources on resources on resources, all of which I’m really looking forward to taking advantage of. It really just comes down to me wanting to be the best baseball player I can be.”
Boras employs a staff of trainers, strength and flexibility professionals, sports psychologists, hitting coaches and other people who have worked with his clients to make them better baseball players.
Hoskins isn’t eligible for free agency until after the 2023 season and won’t even hit salary arbitration until following the 2020 season. In the interim though, it’s possible that the two sides could have discussions regarding a pre-arbitration extension for Hoskins.
Boras and the Phillies would seem destined for some long conversations this winter as the Phillies look to sign Boras client Bryce Harper, who appears destined for free agency.
Hoskins had been represented by Brodie Scoffield of The Legacy Group, but Scoffield recently left the agency, making Hoskins somewhat of a free agent in search of a new representative. Boras also represents current Phillies Vince Velasquez and outfielder Nick Williams.