Bryce Harper had some concerns about the Philadelphia Phillies last fall, but he's happy with the vision of Dave Dombrowski.
"Yeah, I mean, I think a lot of people thought that," Harper said of the concerns he had last fall. "I think guys within the organization thought that. We were kind of figuring out like, what our identity is going to be, what are we going to do this offseason? … I remember sitting there talking to J.T. [Realmuto] and trying to be like, 'What are we doing?' You know like, 'What’s going on?' Not even about J.T., but just about everything else. Because if you're a free agent and you're sitting there and your team hasn't really done anything, you’re sitting there going, 'Well, do I really want to sign back?' But being able to look at a team and look at their roster and go, 'This is where I want to be,' they have to make the moves to do that."
Harper's take changed when Dombrowski arrived in December.
"Once Dombrowski came in, finally, it was kind of like a breath of fresh air," he said, "where you're sitting there going, man, this guy is going to do his job and he’s going to do everything he can to help this organization. And I think the city is in need of that, you know what I’m saying?"
The Phillies finished 28-32 in the pandemic-shortened season.