Shocked in Seattle: Lee wanted to stay with Phils

SEATTLE (AP) - December 17, 2009

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 Philadelphia.

He says he's "disappointed" but he can't blame the Phillies for preferring Halladay. Lee says he will make the best of his situation in Seattle and likes the moves the Mariners are making.

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