Just when you thought Dave Dombrowski was out, it looks like he might be coming back in (to Major League Baseball, that is).
According to Jayson Stark, the former Red Sox president of baseball operations is on the verge of joining the Phillies to serve in the same role he manned with Boston from 2015-19.
Dombrowski recently said in an appearance on the Bradfo Sho podcast that he had told teams interested in bringing him into their respective front offices that he was committed to remaining with a group that was attempting to bring big league baseball to Nashville. But numerous attempts by Phillies owner John Middleton to woo the 64-year-old to Philadelphia finally seems to have paid off.
Dombrowski is the only general manager/president of baseball operations to guide three teams (Marlins, Tigers, Red Sox) that went to the World Series, while winning championships twice.
While he was applauded for his role in building a Red Sox team that claimed the 2018 World Series title, Dombrowski has taken some criticism for the perceived inability of the franchise to compete consistently over the long haul.
The Phillies, who fired Matt Klentak as their general manager after a five-year run, struggled to a 28-32 record in 2020 despite Middleton’s significant investments in the roster. Philadelphia entered 2020 with MLB’s seventh-highest payroll, having signed Bryce Harper and Zack Wheeler to big-money contracts.
But due to the pandemic, Middleton has suggested the Phillies won’t be a position to spend as he had in previous years, leaving J.T. Realmuto's future with the team very much in doubt.