Phillies likely to name their GM on Monday


Jim Salisbury of reports on the Phillies’ general manager search.

As far as the candidates, not much is new. Salisbury says “the most consistent names mentioned by baseball insiders” are Matt Klentak of the Los Angeles Angels and J.J. Picollo of the Royals. The timing is what he focuses on, however, reminding us that MLB does not like teams to break news during the World Series but is OK with it on off-days. Against that backdrop and the Phillies’ organization meetings beginning next week, Salisbury suspects that the announcement could come on Monday, the day off before the World Series.

What he doesn’t say, and what seems increasingly clear across baseball, is that the identity of the GM is nowhere near as important as the identity of the top baseball operations person which, in the Phillies’ case, is Andy MacPhail. It’s enough to make one wonder when the press will stop reporting on GM hires like they used to and, rather, treat them like any other assistant front office position, relegated to bullet points at the end of notes columns.