Winter wonderland

Charlie Manuel has been secured as the Phillies manager through 2011. As the second day of Winter Meetings came to a close, the Phillies announced they had exercised a club option for ’10 and added another year to boot. Manual was already under contract for ’09.

The Phils skipper is 354-294 in regular-season meetings in the City of Brotherly Love and his team has never finished lower than second place in the National League East.

That’s the best of the news so far, since Pat Burrell’s filing for free agency has left a void in the Phillies line up. Burrell is not expected to resign with the Phils and talks are swirling about a multiclub deal that would include the Phils acquisition of Mark DeRosa from the Cubs to help fill the Burrell-less left field, especially since Utley may be out for the beginning months next season. I’ve always liked DeRosa, mostly because he’s a Penn alum who was the starting quarterback in the early 1990s as well as playing varsity baseball. I’m all for bringing him back home.

Moyer is no closer to being on the Phis’ opening-day roster than when talks began, but I guess that means he’s no farther either. General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. acknowledged the Phils intention to pursue Moyer, but also said consideration was being paid to free agent Derek Lowe — though his five-year $80 mill price tag is not too appealing.


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