Last week, the Phillies addressed their biggest offseason need: a new president of baseball operations. Now, Dave Dombrowski is tasked with retooling a struggling franchise whose roster talent is slimming around their cornerstone player Bryce Harper.
The expectation throughout the winter surrounding free agent additions are low for the Phillies after the team lost revenue in 2020. Fans have major doubts as to whether the team will resign Harper's good friend and prized catcher J.T. Realmuto, but Dombrowski gave signs of hope.
"I don't sense since joining the organization that there is a testament feeling in any regard. They are still optimistic that we still have a chance to sign him," said Dombrowski on the WIP Morning Show on Tuesday morning. "Everyone wants him on board and loves him. Sometimes these things take a long time to work themselves out. There is still optimism in the organization from John Middleton on down. We will keep our fingers crossed, everyone wants to have him on board.
Hopefully we can still get this done."
Despite the financial woes, the talk and current free agent market are favorable for the Phillies. John Middleton has called re-signing Realmuto a priority and the Mets, who were the Phillies' biggest challenger, recently signed James McCann to a four-year deal.
One of the biggest reservations about Dombrowski is his history of dealing top prospects in trades. Angelo asked him about this and Dombrowski gave explanations of his thought process behind a deal like Chris Sale when he was with the Red Sox. For now, it seems as though fans don't have to worry about Dombrowski trading away prospects:
"Again, I don't know who is available. Of course, if someone asks you for players you really aren't as high on and you really love a player, would you do something? For sure. Is it something I anticipate us putting a press on to do that this year? I would say I don't necessarily think this is the winter we would do that."