Manuel would like to have Pierre back in 2013

Manuel would like to have Pierre back in 2013

MIAMI -- The Phillies could use a guy like Juan Pierre on the 25-man roster next season.

Charlie Manuel thinks so, anyway.

"Juan Pierre is a very special player for you," the manager said. "There are a lot of things you can do with him. He really plays big up in the National League. I think he's a bigger National League player than he is in the American League. The older he gets, the more his age gets. He can definitely play longer being a National League player, I think.

"I can see a spot for him next year, yes sir. I can see a spot for him on about every National League team."

Spring Training 2013 is a long way away, but if Pierre is open to being a role player next season, it would make sense to bring him back. He is well respected, a hard worker and is a strong presence in the clubhouse.