The Phillies have agreed to a three-year contract extension with Chief of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury reports (Twitter links). He was already signed through 2024, which means Dombrowski will now run Philadelphia’s baseball operations through the 2027 season. The team announced the extension shortly after the Salisbury Report.
Named the Phillies’ first “chief of baseball operations” in 2020, Dombrowski is now set to take hold at the top of the Phillies’ baseball operations hierarchy for another half-decade.
It’s been a short but successful stint so far for Dombrowski, even as the majority of the Phillies’ 2022 World Series roster — including Bryce HarperAnd the Zack WheelerAnd the Aaron NolaAnd the Suarez goalkeeperAnd the Rhys HoskinsAnd the Jean Segura And the Cerancho Dominguez Inherited from the previous regime. Dombrowski was running the ship when the team agreed to re-sign their catcher JT Realmoto With a five-year contract, the first year of its four-year investment in Kyle Schwarber Paid big dividends. Trades made to get them Jose AlvaradoAnd the David RobertsonAnd the Kyle GibsonAnd the Garrett StubbsAnd the Noah Syndergaard And the Edmund Sousa All worked fine so far.
Away from the players on the field, Dombrowski deserves credit for the leadership placed around them. The decision to sack veteran manager Joe Girardi, who had been appointed captain before Dombrowski joined the organisation, and replace him with bench coach Rob Thompson was likely not one taken lightly. Dombrowski also brought hitting coach Kevin Long into the fold for the 2021-22 season and won He has already extended it through the 2025 season.
As with any captain of baseball operations, Dombrowski’s tenure in Philadelphia contains its share of ups and downs. Two-year agreement to re-sign Didi Gregory It proved unfortunate, and the free agent moves made to address the bullpen (Juris familiaAnd the Brad HandAnd the Archie BradleyAnd the Corey Nebel) did not materialize as hoped.
Looking specifically at last year, the Phils entered the 2021-22 season with glaring holes both at shortstop and in midfield, neither of which have been addressed before the 2022 season. Instead of addressing those areas and looking to improve on a team that is known as one of the worst defensive clubs In the league for the past 10 years or so, the Phillies, led by Dombrowski, have signed Schwarber instead. And the Nick Castellanos For long-term contracts, you commit to playing one field full-time in the process. Now, with Harper Elbow surgery kit And possibly in need of an increased DH time in 2023, both Castellanos and Schwarber will be pushed back into regular defensive work. Castellanos’ first year with the Phils was disappointing, and he will be looking to try a bounce back in 2023.
At shortstop, Dombrowski bucked the “Farm System Destroyer” novel and retained the No. 1 spot Bryson Stott, giving him a chance at the day job even despite the free agent class amassing from shortstops last winter. Stott didn’t hit much and looked better at second base than at shortstop, and the Phillies now seemed poised to be a player in a deep collection of shortstops.
However, the decision to stick with Stott and the highest pitching odds Andrew PinterAnd the Mick Abel And the Griff McGarry It goes somewhat against Dombrowski’s earlier penchant for aggressive trades that dilute the upper end of the farm system in the name of now profitable moves. The only truly upscale prospect traded away is catcher Logan Ohby, who was facing a hurdle in Realmuto’s size to play in Philadelphia. that barter Brandon Marsh to the Phils, and early returns during the regular season have been solid: Marsh has slashed .288/.319/.455 with the Phillies, and the hope is he can hold the fort in center field on a long-term basis.
Setting aside the dissection of Dombrowski’s dealings in his still relatively limited stint with the organization, it’s clear that owner John Middleton is comfortable working with Dombrowski and believes he and GM Sam Fuld are the right pairing to continue steering the Phillies’ World Series aspirations. Dombrowski has won world championship titles with two different organizations and now oversees world championship berths with four huge organizations. This kind of success across multiple franchises is generally unparalleled, and Dombrowski now likely has five more chances to secure his third World Series ring with his third different organization.