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Rosenthal: Nola and Hoskins are untouchable

Aaron Nola
Aaron Nola in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 7, 2018. The Phillies defeated the Mets 4-3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

In a video session posted on, Ken Rosenthal speaks about the Phillies and notes that an unidentified source has told him that the Phillies would be open to dealing any of their players with the exception of pitcher Aaron Nola and outfielder/first baseman Rhys Hoskins.

Rosenthal pictures the Phillies being very active during the offseason. He cites the fact that overall – even with the late season slide they’ve experienced – the Phillies have overachieved this season and are about a year ahead of their rebuilding schedule. The team also has some young players who could be dealt for players that could help at other positions and they have a lot of money remaining to spend on free agents such as Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

The video states that dealing first baseman Carlos Santana is “unlikely.” Rosenthal believes that if the Phillies were to deal him, it would be equal to admitting that signing him was a mistake and that they’re not ready to concede that it was, in fact, a mistake.

Nola has had the best season of his career and is in the running for a Cy Young Award. Hoskins had an impressive introduction to the majors last season and has been one of the top hitters for the Phillies this season, his first full season in the majors.

Signing Harper or Machado could allow the Phillies to deal a couple of their young infield players or one of their additional outfielders for other pieces. Rosenthal points out that a veteran left-handed starting pitcher could be a target for the Phillies through a trade.

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