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Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski discussed a range of topics including the team's quiet offseason, the state of their rotation and outfield, and top prospect Andrew Painter's health. Dombrowski expressed contentment with the rotation and implied that the team wouldn't pay market rate for a big-name starter. He mentioned the possibility of a late, unexpected opportunity but didn't indicate an aggressive pursuit of a top-tier free agent. Dombrowski confirmed that the Phillies were very involved in pursuing Yoshinobu Yamamoto before he signed with the Dodgers.
"I can't tell you that somebody doesn't fall into your lap at some point where you say, 'Gee, that's an opportunity we can't turn down,'" Dombrowski said.
According to Dombrowski, the Phillies were "very involved" in the market for Yoshinobu Yamamoto, a 25-year-old NPB ace. However, Yamamoto ultimately signed a record deal with the Dodgers. Dombrowski hinted that others might be "shocked" to learn about the extent of the Phillies' interest in Yamamoto.
The veteran baseball ops leader went so far as to say that others might be "shocked" to learn...