It's 8:30 p.m. on the East Coast and my deadline is around 10 p.m., so I'll make this real quick.
Charlie Manuel was here at the St. Regis this afternoon. He has attended the GM meetings the past couple of years, but today he was here for a different reason. He and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. decided not to renew the contract of third base coach Steve Smith. The two men drove to meet Smith and inform him of the news.
"This was my decision," Manuel said.
The rest of the Phillies coaches will be asked back, including pitching coach Rich Dubee and first base coach Davey Lopes. Manuel said firing Smith came as a result of some things he wanted to do with his coaching staff. It remains to be seen what those things are.
Another bit of news: Pat Burrell is actually being represented by two agents. The first is California-based Greg Genske. The second is Philadelphia-based Ed Hayes.
Negotiations have not yet begun between the two parties.
Amaro has spoken with Jim Bronner, the agent for Jamie Moyer. But there have been no substantial negotiations between the two sides. Get more on this in tomorrow's paper, and perhaps later tonight if I log back onto the blog.
Here's another interesting option should the Phillies not re-sign Burrell: Greg Dobbs in left field.
Get that in the paper tomorrow as well.