By Sam Bush

The Phillies are waving good-bye to Tommy Joseph, their first baseman of the past two seasons, designating him for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Jake Arrieta.

Joseph, 26, hit 43 home runs and knocked in 116 runs over his two years with the Phillies, but hit .240 in 2017 with a sub-par .289 on base percentage.

Earlier this off season, the Phillies signed 1B Carlos Santana, making Joseph’s fit on the roster questionable.