I don't entirely understand - a Bohm/Hall platoon is exactly what's most likely here. But it still means someone like Harrison or Clemens or Cave is going to get ABs when Sosa plays 3B. And as it turns out non-tendering Hoskins wouldn't have kept them under any particular cap threshold, they blew by that with all the free agents and the Soto trade.
And Clemens isn't a retread, he is a prospect who hasn't broken through yet. Bohm and Marsh and Stott have all been at similar points this early in their major league career. I don't know if he's anything special but he performed at AAA, is much younger than Cave, and may yet turn out to be just as good as Maton or Vierling.
Vierling would actually be our other 1B now if we'd kept him. As for keeping O'Hoppe, who'd be our CF now?
Some of the names we are throwing around may not even be on the roster - or worthy of a starting job - in 2025. But I don't think JT is ever going to move to 1B or DH. By the time he's an 80-game catcher he probably won't be a good enough hitter to do that. Or his deal will be up.