PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Phillies still have 11 games left before the trade deadline on July 30, but it appears they've done enough convincing of the front office to get them some help as they push to end their nine-year playoff drought.
"We're not selling," Phils President of Baseball Operataions Dave Dombrowski said on NBC Sports Philadelphia's "Takeoff with John Clark" podcast after Clark asked what he would do if the trade deadline were tomorrow.
"We're not in a position where we're looking to move players off our team," he continued. "Anything can happen in 10 days or two weeks. I mean, if all of a sudden — and I don't like to take this scenario — if you lose 10 games in a row, well that might be one thing that's a little bit different. Or if you win 10 games in a row, it's a little bit different. But we're in a position where we're in this and we're gonna try to make our club better here over the next time period."
Clark said on NBC10's "Philly Live Sports Edition" Sunday night that he spoke with Dombrowski before the conclusion of Sunday's games. The Phils won the resumption of Saturday's suspended matchup with the Marlins 4-2, and then beat them again 7-4. With three wins out of four games against Miami over the weekend, and the Mets losing two out of three to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Phillies are only two games behind first-place New York in the National League East to begin the week.
Dombrowski told Clark the Phils have a shot.
"We have a chance to win. We legitimately have a chance to win."
The Phils have won four series in a row for the first time since June 2018, according to Clark. They're 10-4 in July after hovering around .500 for the most of the season.
After All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto hit a walk off two-run home run in the first game Sunday, followed by three hits in the series finale, he said, "Hopefully we're making the right case [for the front office to add at the deadline]. We'd like to not have to make the case this late. We'd like to have played a little bit better earlier in the season, but now that we've got everybody back on the field and playing well, we're doing all we can to convince them to go out and get what we need and we're here to compete. We want to get to the postseason, so we just gotta keep playing well, keep winning series and put the pressure on them to get us some help."
Similar to Realmuto, Dombrowski also noted that when the Phils have had their regular lineup together, they've put up acceptable offensive numbers. The longtime baseball executive did acknowledge that some juggling occurs when deciding how much to go for it at the deadline considering the Phils have been a .500 team, for the most part, so far this season. But he also said, "Once you make [the postseason], anything can happen."
He sounded confident that the top of the rotation combination of Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin can help win a short series. Will that rotation also include former Phil, and 2008 World Series and NLCS MVP, Cole Hamels?
Dombrowski told Clark that Hamels, a 37-year-old free agent, threw well at his well-attended showcase this past Friday. Dombrowski indicated the Phils were interested enough to check out their former ace, and he's someone they'll keep watching.