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MacPhail hiring induces questions about how Phils will operate

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Phillies' leadership taking shape

Jerry Crasnick discusses the short- and long-term goals on the to-do list of Andy MacPhail, who is joining the Phillies as an executive.

Andy MacPhail, who will take over as president of the Philadelphia Phillies after the season, spoke Monday about spending the next few months getting up to speed, taking the time necessary to get to know the Phillies' organization and all it encompasses. That makes complete sense.

But there is curiosity in other front offices about how the Phillies will conduct business in the days leading up to the trade deadline and through the August waiver period. Some of their lingering questions:

1) What will the Phillies' process be? Will general manager Ruben Amaro, who doesn't have a contract into 2016, be making the phone calls and swapping the text messages, or will he be merely a conveyor of information for MacPhail and Pat Gillick?