Dave Dombrowski's Major League Baseball hiatus may be short-lived.
The Philadelphia Phillies are in advanced discussions to hire Dombrowski as their new president of baseball operations, The Athletic's Jayson Stark reported Thursday. NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury confirmed that Dombrowski and the Phillies are "deep in talks."
Dombrowski has been out of an MLB job since September 2019, when the Red Sox fired him as their president of baseball operations at the tail end of his fifth season in Boston.
The 64-year-old moved to Nashville this summer to join a group committed to bringing an MLB team to the city and dismissed rumors he may fill a general manager opening in 2021. But the Phillies approached Dombrowski this week after two candidates withdrew their names from consideration, according to Stark, and it appears the longtime executive has had a change of heart.
Dombrowski was the lead architect of a 2018 Red Sox team that won 108 games and a World Series title and is one of five executives to win a World Series with multiple franchises. (He won the 1997 World Series with the Florida Marlins.)
Dombrowski will have his work cut out for him in Philly, though: The Phillies haven't finished above .500 since 2011 and appear destined for another abysmal season in 2021.
Then again, Dombrowski needed just three seasons to bring the Red Sox from the American League East basement in 2015 to the best team in baseball in 2018. It's safe to say the clock will be ticking in Philly.