Dombrowski's fuller comments here. Denies they are looking to do much.
“We still think we’re the same way we were beforehand, when it comes to Opening Day,” Dombrowski said. “[Free-agent outfielders] want guarantees, and we’re just not able to give them those guarantees. … We talk to people all the time. The reality is that we don’t have guaranteed playing time that some people want. We just don’t have that. It’s not really even a dollar issue as it is playing time.”
There was another report this week that the Phillies have been talking to Cleveland about closer Emmanuel Clase. Dombrowski does not comment on specific trade talks with teams, but when asked about the chances they acquire a veteran late-inning reliever, he said, “We do not have any ongoing conversations for bullpen guys.
“It’s not to say that as time goes on it doesn’t change, but we have our five guys [José Alvarado, Seranthony Domínguez, Jeff Hoffman, Gregory Soto and Matt Strahm] and [Orion] Kerkering. I just saw him. He looks tremendous. If you put those six guys that can pitch late in the game, you have to have a long guy. That’s seven [in the bullpen]. It only leaves one other spot, and if you go get a veteran guy, he needs to be an upgrade. Because the reality is the only one there that can be optioned in that group is Kerkering. And we may not want to be optioning him.”