Cliff Lee Press Conference: 'I Never Wanted To Leave In The First Place'

Thanks to NBC Philadelphia, you can watch the opening statement of Wednesday's Cliff Lee press conference, when the Philadelphia Phillies officially introduced their new pitcher, whom they signed to a five-year deal earlier this week.  

Lee admits that "it's been a whirlwind couple of years for me" and that "this offseason's been full of unknowns." One unknown was wether or not Lee and fellow free agent Jayson Werth would be playing together again. According to Lee, they were talking this winter, possibly with intentions of signing with the same team: "When [Werth] found out I was coming [to Philadelphia], he wasn't the happiest person in the world is all I'll say."

Amaro was asked whether if Jayson Werth accepted the contract he was offered, whether it would have precluded their signing of Lee? "Not to slight our former right fielder but we believed this would have a greater impact. I believe in pitching and defense and if this was a choice, then I'm pretty comfortable with the decision we made"

Werth, who spent the past four seasons with the Phillies, signed with the Washington Nationals early last week, 

For Lee though, it was all about Philadelphia. "From the moment I got here, I knew it was something special ... I never wanted to leave in the first place."

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