The Philadelphia Phillies hired Dave Dombrowski to run their baseball operations, a move that generally means a team is all-in on trying to win a World Series as soon as possible.
SI senior writer Tom Verducci breaks down why the Dombrowski hiring signals to the rest of the MLB that the Phillies are not just for show.
Dombrowski's career history is defined by his fearlessness in making the big move that team needs regardless of cost in money or talent to win now. He's won championships with the Marlins and the Red Sox and he brought the Tigers to the World Series twice after making trades for some of the best players in the game at the time.
Dombrowski knows what the right finishing pieces are to make a championship team, and his hiring by the Phillies is a signal to competitors that they will be a force to be reckoned with sooner rather than later.