Chaos Looms for Dombrowski, Phillies in MLB Offseason
Dave Dombrowski hasn’t led four franchises to the World Series by sitting on his hands during the MLB offseason. John Middleton and the Philadelphia Phillies brought in the veteran baseball executive in 2020 to utilize the resources of a major market franchise and spend aggressively to bring another title to Philadelphia.
The heartbreak of falling just short in two consecutive deep postseason runs should ignite that fire even more. The Phillies will be in the conversation as one of the most compelling teams when you hear about any available big name coming out of the general managers’ meetings this week or at any point during the MLB offseason.
Phillies Must Act With Vengeance
The Phillies began to build the core of their current team with John Middleton’s lucrative spending on Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, and Zack Wheeler. After Dombrowski came on board, the high-priced acquisitions continued with the signings of Kyle Schwarber, Nick Castellanos, and Trea Turner.
A cast of star players has helped the Phillies to five playoff series wins in the past two years. However, they haven’t earned the World Series ring.
The exhilaration of the National League pennant in 2022 is officially gone after a heavily favored team collapsed one year later against an 84-win opponent in the NLCS.
Dombrowski knows that adding to a talented group can push them over the top. He must recognize that even more aggressive spending is necessary to avenge the heartbreak.
Phillies Whiffed with the World Series on the Line#Phillies in NLCS— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) October 25, 2023
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Dave Dombrowski Faces Critical MLB Offseason Decisions
Dave Dombrowski spoke during his end-of-season press conference about the future of the team and their priorities during the MLB offseason. Impending free agent Aaron Nola’s name came up quite a bit.
“We hope to retain him (Nola), but if we don’t, to me that would be our number one area. We need to then replace him. We need to be in a position where we have somebody else that would be a starting pitcher of quality in the rotation. So, yes, it’s either Aaron or somebody else.” -Dombrowski
Blake Snell is the likeliest free-agent candidate to replace Nola as the second starting pitcher behind Zack Wheeler. Corbin Burnes, Shane Bieber, and Tyler Glasnow highlight the crop of starting pitchers potentially available on the trade market.
Dylan Cease also makes a lot of sense as a trade option for the Phillies. Could Dombrowski deal one of the young center fielders as a trade chip to land the American League Cy Young runner-up?
Don’t count the Phillies out on anything this offseason.
“You just never know what’s going to happen. We haven’t had any conversations with clubs, zero. Those will be things when you start going to the general managers’ meetings that you start to have. You just see what’s out there at the particular time. You don’t close any doors to try to get better.” –Dave Dombrowski