Poor Charlie Manning looks like he'll be squeezed out of a Triple-A job again.
According to Newsday Yankees beat reporter Kat O'Brien, Ron Villone did accept the Yankees' minor league offer and is heading to the Triple-A Scranton bullpen. While team officials haven't made anything official yet (and possibly won't until tomorrow, when minor league rosters have to be set), the likely scenario now has Manning being sent back here for the fifth consecutive season.
I'll post more when I hear it.
UPDATE: The signing has now moved on the transaction wire, so I guess this makes it more or less official. According to the Scranton Times-Tribune, Villone is supposed to join the SWB Yankees for their opener tomorrow night. Now I just have to find out exactly how this will affect the Thunder.