SEATTLE - Cliff Lee wanted to stay in Philadelphia.
The Phillies' postseason star said he proposed a counteroffer on a contract extension Wednesday - the day he was traded to Seattle in a four-team deal that sent Roy Halladay to the Phillies.
Speaking by telephone while on vacation in Puerto Rico, the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner says he had "disbelief and shock" over the trade. The 31-year-old left-hander said he loved pitching for the Phillies and wanted to finish his career in Phladelphia.
He said he's "disappointed" but can't blame the Phillies for preferring Halladay. Lee said he will make the best of his situation in Seattle and likes the moves the Mariners are making.
A-Rod won't need surgery. Alex Rodriguez is set to start his winter workouts.
The New York Yankees star found out this week that his surgically repaired right hip is holding up fine.
"Great news," he said Thursday.
Rodriguez had surgery last March for torn cartilage and missed the first month of the season. At the time, Dr. Marc Philippon, who performed the operation, thought Rodriguez would need a more extensive procedure in the offseason.
But Philippon recently examined Rodriguez, and an MRI test helped show the three-time MVP had properly healed. The doctor told A-Rod that he was OK on Monday.
Signings. Third baseman Garrett Atkins and reliever Mike Gonzalez have reached preliminary agreements with the Baltimore Orioles, people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. Gonzalez will get a $12 million, two-year contract, and Atkins receives a one-year deal with an option for 2011 that guarantees him $4.5 million. ...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached a preliminary agreement with free agent infielder Jamey Carroll on a $3.85 million, two-year contract. ...
The New York Mets agreed with Japanese reliever Ryota Igarashi on a $3 million, two-year contract.