Dave Dombrowski in ‘serious talks’ to join Phillies, according to report

Barry Chin
Dave Dombrowski served as president of baseball operations for four years before he was fired in September of 2019.

The Philadelphia Phillies are in “serious talks” to hire former Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski for the same position, according to The Athletic.

Dombrowski was hired by the Red Sox on Aug. 18, 2015, as the team was in the midst of finishing in last place in the American League three times in four years. He made a series of moves to help the Red Sox to three straight postseason appearances, including a run to the 2018 World Series championship.

But the team struggled in 2019 after several questionable decisions by Dombrowski, including not making any moves at the trade deadline, and he was fired on Sept. 8 with the team 17½ games behind the first-place Yankees.

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Dombrowski has been working with the city of Nashville to land a big-league franchise, and last month he told The Athletic that he was not interested in any of the openings this offseason, and that he was staying in Nashville.

Should he accept the Phillies job, Dombrowski would be joining an organization that has failed to reach the postseason for nine years, the longest current streak in the National League.

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