The Phillies have agreed to a three-year contract extension with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, stories Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia (Twitter hyperlinks). He was already signed by way of 2024, which means Dombrowski will now run baseball operations in Philadelphia by way of the 2027 season. The group introduced the extension shortly after Salisbury’s report.
Hired as the primary particular person to ever maintain the “president of baseball operations” title for the Phillies again in 2020, Dombrowski is now set to be entrenched atop the Phillies’ baseball operations hierarchy for one more half decade.
It’s been a brief however thus-far profitable run for Dombrowski, even when a majority of the Phillies’ 2022 World Series roster — together with Bryce Harper, Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, Ranger Suarez, Rhys Hoskins, Jean Segura and Seranthony Dominguez — was inherited from the earlier regime. Dombrowski was working the ship when the group agreed to re-sign the catcher JT Realmuto to a five-year contract, and the primary 12 months of his four-year funding Kyle Schwarber has paid appreciable dividends. Trades made to amass Jose Alvarado, David Robertson, Kyle Gibson, Garrett Stubbs, Noah Syndergaard and Edmund Sosa have all labored out effectively to this point.
Beyond the gamers on the sphere, Dombrowski deserves credit score for the management positioned round them. The choice to fireplace veteran supervisor Joe Girardi, who was employed as skipper earlier than Dombrowski joined the group, and change him with bench coach Rob Thomson was doubtless not one which was made calmly. Dombrowski additionally introduced hitting coach Kevin Long into the fold within the 2021-22 offseason and has already prolonged him by way of the 2025 season.
As with any baseball operations chief, Dombrowski’s tenure in Philadelphia accommodates its share of each hits and misses. A two-year deal to re-sign Didi Gregorius proved regrettable, and the free-agent strikes made to deal with the bullpen (The Jeurys Family, Brad Hand, Archie Bradley, Corey Knebel) have not panned out as hoped.
Looking particularly finally 12 months, the Phils entered the 2021-22 offseason with obvious holes each at shortstop and in middle area, and neither was addressed heading into the 2022 season. Rather than addressing these areas and seeking to enhance a group referred to as one of many worst defensive golf equipment within the league over the previous ten years or so, the Dombrowski-led Phillies as a substitute inked Schwarber and Nick Castellanos to long-term contracts, committing to taking part in one within the area full-time within the course of. Now, with Harper set for elbow surgical procedure and sure in want of elevated DH time in 2023, each Castellanos and Schwarber will once more be thrust into common defensive work. Castellanos’ first 12 months with the Phils was a disappointment, and he’ll be on the lookout for a rebound effort in 2023.
At shortstop, Dombrowski bucked the “farm system destroyer” narrative and held onto prime prospect Bryson Stott, giving him an opportunity on the on a regular basis job even regardless of a stacked free-agent class of shortstops final winter. Stott did not hit a lot and appeared higher at second base than at shortstop, although, and the Phillies now appear poised to be gamers in what’s once more a deep assortment of shortstops.
Still, the choice to hold on Stott and prime pitching prospects Andrew Painter, Mick Abel and Griff McGarry runs considerably counter to Dombrowski’s prior penchant for aggressive trades that skinny out the highest finish of a farm system within the identify of win-now strikes. The solely really high-end prospect he is traded away is catcher Logan O’Hoppe, who was going through a Realmuto-sized roadblock to taking part in time in Philadelphia. That swap brough Brandon Marsh to the Phils, and the early returns through the common season have been sturdy: Marsh slashed .288/.319/.455 with the Phillies, and the hope is that he can maintain down the fort in middle area on a long-term foundation.
Setting apart the dissection of Dombrowski’s transactions in a nonetheless comparatively restricted tenure with the group, it’s clear that proprietor John Middleton is comfy working with Dombrowski and believes he and GM Sam Fuld are the precise pairing to proceed guiding the Phillies’ World Series aspirations. Dombrowski has received World Series titles with two totally different organizations and has now overseen World Series berths with a whopping 4 organizations. That kind of success throughout a number of franchises is usually unparalleled, and Dombrowski now doubtlessly has 5 extra alternatives to safe his third World Series ring together with his third totally different group.