Reports Jayson Stark of The Athletic:

For more than nine weeks, they’ve zigged, they’ve zagged, they’ve stopped, they’ve started, and they’ve often seemed like a team with no clear path toward a better tomorrow.

But now the Phillies are on the verge of emerging from those two months of inertia with this stunning result:

They are in the advanced stages of serious talks to hire Dave Dombrowski, a man who built World Series teams in three different cities, to be their next president of baseball operations, sources told The Athletic.

In his last turn running a major-league front office, Dombrowski was the architect of the 2018 Red Sox team that won 108 games in the regular season, beat two 100-win teams in October and then toppled the Dodgers in the World Series. But he was fired less than 11 months later after clashing with ownership over the future course of the franchise.