Phillies Close To Extension With Charlie Manuel

3:17pm: Manuel told MLB.com's Todd Zolecki that there's a "good chance" the sides announce a deal before the end of the weekend. "We're close, but it's not official," Manuel said, acknowledging that this could be his final deal as a manager.

1:13pm: The Phillies are close to an extension with manager Charlie Manuel, reports Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.  It's expected to be a two-year deal for $3.5-4MM per year.  Manuel was reportedly hoping to get something done before Opening Day.  He's already signed for 2011.



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