A ton of info at the Inquirer.
Ned Rice, Klentak’s top assistant, will serve as interim GM and could remain in that position for several months.
“We don’t really have a firm timetable,” managing partner John Middleton said. “One of the things that’s going to potentially play havoc with this offseason is COVID. I think we have to be flexible, and we have to be nimble.”
Team president Andy MacPhail will be more involved in baseball operations, according to Middleton, but not in a GM capacity. Longtime former GMs Pat Gillick and Terry Ryan work for the team in advisory roles, but neither is interested in being a GM again.
“I think the problem the Phillies have had for a hundred years is they don’t evaluate talent well,” (Middleton) said Saturday, when general manager Matt Klentak agreed to step down after five consecutive non-winning seasons. “It was the problem a hundred years ago. It was the problem 50 years ago. There have been two periods in the Phillies history where we had bursts that resulted in two World Series [champion] teams, and other than that, we’ve been hit and miss.”
“Matt’s had a pretty successful track rate with free agents. We just haven’t been able to bring up the people internally to support them,” Middleton said. “We just haven’t produced the guys. We haven’t produced the talent yet, and that’s a problem that’s haunted us.”
Klentak traded the Phillies' top pitching prospect before the 2019 season, and Sixto Sanchez had an electrifying rookie year for the Division Series-bound Miami Marlins. The deal, which brought star catcher J.T. Realmuto, was roundly applauded at the time. But the Phillies were unable to sign Realmuto to a contract extension and now face losing him in free agency.
“I don’t hold that against Matt at all,” Middleton said ,although he later claimed that his stance on the trade was, “If you don’t extend J.T., I wouldn’t trade Sixto. The baseball people thought they could get the extension.”