The Phillies have failed to make the playoffs for nine seasons and haven’t had a winning record since a franchise record 102 wins in 2011. In an attempt to reverse fortunes, the team hired Dave Dombrowski early this month as the president of baseball operations.
Dave Dombrowski has a strong resume with two World Series titles under his belt, in addition to UPI Executive of the Year in 1990, Baseball America Executive of the Year (2006, 2018), and co-Sporting News Executive of the Year (2018).
Now the Phillies have added a new general manager in former Major League outfielder Sam Fuld, who has worked with the Phillies as a player information coordinator since 2017. His job was basically to make analytical data easier for players to understand and utilize. The 39-year-old Fuld played 598 games in the Major Leagues, as has interviewed for managerial positions over the past couple of years.
Now the question is how the new front office will handle getting this Phillies team over the hump and back into contention. The signing of Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto and the hiring of Joe Girardi has failed to pay dividends at this point. Now the Phillies are in danger of losing Realmuto and don’t appear to be all that interested in re-signing Didi Gregorious, who had one of his best seasons last year.
There is potential good news on the J.T. Realmuto front, as Dave Dombrowski has reportedly contacted Realmuto’s agent. As of Tuesday, December 22, it appears that Dombrowski is working quickly. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Phillies have an offer on the table for arguably the best overall catcher in the league. There is no word as to whether or not other teams have given Realmuto an offer. For the sake of the Phillies overall progression to contention, the new front office must find a way to ink Realmuto and add to the starting pitching and an overall weak bullpen.