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Phillies outfielder Brandon Marsh recently underwent knee surgery and is expected to be ready for Opening Day. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski stated that the team does not plan on signing free agent outfielders due to their inability to provide guaranteed playing time. Dombrowski emphasized that the issue is not a financial one but rather a lack of playing time opportunities.
We still think we're the same way we were beforehand, when it comes to Opening Day... It's not really even a dollar issue as it is playing time.
With Marsh's recovery on track, he is expected to start in left field on Opening Day, while Johan Rojas and Nick Castellanos fill the center and opposite corner roles, respectively. There has been speculation about the Phillies pursuing Cody Bellinger, but Dombrowski has expressed confidence in Rojas as the starting center fielder, making a Bellinger acquisition unlikely. Additionally, the Phillies are not expected to acquire starting pitchers Blake Snell or Jordan Montgomery unless there are significant changes in the market.
Rojas being the starting center fielder - a sentiment he repeated earlier this week - making a Bellinger pursuit unlikely. Zolecki reports that the Phils also don't anticipate landing either of the top two starting pitchers still available, Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery, barring a significant change in their respective markets.