The Phillies should add another top starting pitcher
Following the re-signing of Nola, Dombrowski commented that he likes the Phillies starting rotation as it's currently constructed. While the club is believed to be interested in pursuing international free agent Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Philadelphia will not be overly persistent in trying to sign the Japanese phenom.
While Yamamoto has yet to throw a pitch in Major League Baseball, his addition would give them a pitcher who would be their third starter and who comes with the potential to be their ace. Shōta Imanaga and Naoyuki Uwasawa are other Japanese pitchers who were posted on Nov. 27. They will garner interest from clubs looking to add starting pitching.
Tyler Glasnow, Shane Bieber, and Dylan Cease are some pitchers who have been mentioned in trade rumors once the offseason began. Adding one of these starters in a trade as the Phillies' third or fourth starter would increase their rotational depth entering 2024.
Jordan Montgomery, who is coming off of a World Series championship with the Texas Rangers, is another name looking to sign a new contract in free agency. He's projected to have plenty of suitors in the New York Yankees, the San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and two of the Phillies' division rivals — the Atlanta Braves and Mets.
The Braves were reportedly interested in adding Nola to their rotation and are apparently a rumored destination for Cease. Philadelphia could benefit from adding another starter their rival wants to add to its rotation.
Just because Dombrowski may be satisfied with the Phillies' rotation following the Nola re-signing doesn't mean he shouldn't add another significant addition to increase their depth. A club can never have enough starting pitching as depth is often tested, whether it be due to struggles or injuries.