Charlie Manuel said two months ago that he'd probably be back with the Phillies before the start of spring training after being fired as the team's manager in August.
Now, it appears it will soon become official. WPEN-FM (97.5) reported Wednesday that Manuel has accepted an invitation to rejoin the team. Citing a source, CSNPhilly.com said that the winningest manager in club history would be a senior adviser to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
That report said Manuel would work with minor-league hitters, evaluate minor-league players, and handle some scouting assignments.
Manuel, who turned 70 on Jan. 4, will join former general manager Pat Gillick and former manager Dallas Green as senior advisers to Amaro, a unique situation since those three had a hand in the franchise's only two World Series championship seasons, 1980 and 2008.