Philadelphia Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has shown a preference for stealing away players from his old team, the Boston Red Sox. Last winter he inked Kyle Schwarber and he recently signed Matt Strahm, exacting revenge on his old employers after they shockingly fired him in 2019 less than a year after he won a World Series with them.
The Phillies have taken another player away from the Red Sox, although their latest poaching is somewhat puzzling.
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Philadelphia has selected pitching prospect Noah Song from Boston in the Rule 5 Draft, which allows teams to draft unprotected players from other organizations.
Song is not protected for a reason, however. The 25-year-old right-hander is still in the midst of his five-year naval commitment, which isn't scheduled to end until after the 2024 season. He has applied multiple times to return to baseball early, but so far he remains on active duty.
Song has not pitched professionally since 2019 and has yet to progress above Single-A, so it's becoming increasingly unlikely that he'll ever reach the big leagues. After such an extensive layoff, an MLB career doesn't seem to be in the cards for Song anymore.
That's what makes the Phillies' selection of him so surprising. Even if Song does come back and make a return to baseball, he's still multiple years away from possibly helping them at the major league level.