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Charlie Manuel gets contract extension, whatever else he wants

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Not only does Charlie Manuel presumably have carte blanche at Bookbinder's, Pat's and Geno's for the rest of his life, he also will be paid to manage the Philadelphia Phillies until at least 2011.

Delaware Online reports that Manuel and general manager Ruben Amaro agreed to a contract extension Tuesday night.

Manage the World Series winner, get stuff you deserve. That's how America should work. OK, except for coach Steve Smith.

Funny, though, that Manuel's job had seemed in danger for most of his Philly life — the club fired a bunch of coaches but kept the skipper after '06 — despite Manuel averaging 88.5 victories since 2005. That doesn't include the 11 playoff wins this past October the Phillies needed to take their franchise's second World Series.

So, now the Phanatics can stow Charlie's Job Watch for at least... 80 games.

In other news of a possibly near nature, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Jake Peavy trade (zzzzzzz) hinges on the Cubs being able to move Jason Marquis' hefty contract. In the multi-team deal, Mark DeRosa would be coming to the Phillies. Sweet for them, not so much for the Cubs, who rely on DeRosa's diverse skills.

Also, sources say that Passan and 'Duk are dining this p.m. with Donnie, Walter and the Dude at a Vegas In-N-Out Burger.

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