MacPhail hiring induces questions about how Phils will operate

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 and taking the necessary time to familiarize himself with 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, make the phone calls and swap the text messages, or will he be merely a conveyor of information for MacPhail and current Phillies president Pat Gillick?