"That's kind of how I look at it," Manuel added. "Can't say too much."
Lee is expected to sign a five year deal that is worth between $100 million to $120 million. It won't officially be a done deal until Lee passes a physical examination.
For that reason, Manuel had no "official" word. However, phans at the VA Center had plenty to say!
"I'm already looking forward to next season!" said Rochelle Kachejian. When asked if the World Series was a lock now, she said "It's a lock! There's no question about it, we got it!"
Many are already calling it the best lineup in baseball.... ever!
"It's wonderful. The greatest pitching group in the country," said Rosemary Wharton. "No stopping them now. We've got to win the World Series this year."
Former Phillies pitcher Marty Bystrom was with Manuel at the VA Center. He said he couldn't believe his ears when he heard the news.
"It's exciting news. When I first heard it this morning I couldn't believe it," Bystrom said. "I'm sure Phillies phans all across the country are ecstatic and can't wait to get the season started."
We tried to get Charlie to react to the news one more time by asking him who he thought the best pitchers in baseball are. His response?
"That's a loaded question... I'd probably pick Cy Young," quipped Manuel.
He may not get Cy Young, but maybe he can make do with two Cy Young Award winners.