Cliff Lee talked to Jayson Werth about playing together
Up in Philadelphia this afternoon, just about the time Jayson Werth had retreated into the Nationals clubhouse and away from the media, the Phillies re-introduced Cliff Lee in a press conference similar to the one Werth had just finished in Washington.
While addressing his offseason activity, Lee revealed that he and Werth, who became close friends during their time together, discussed signing with the same team this offseason. After Lee decided to head back to Werth's old team, he let Werth know personally.
"When he found out I was coming here," Lee said, "he wasn't the happiest person in the world."
The disappointment from Werth could stem from the fact that the Phillies, in effect, had the money to sign Werth and chose to use it on Lee instead. Werth didn't express any outward bitterness, but he flashed some of his competitiveness when asked about Lee landing in his old ballpark.
Werth said he's moved on, that he's happy about being a National. But he didn't back down from his old team, the franchise with four straight National League East titles.
"The news in Philadelphia, they got their boy back, I guess," Werth said. "That's fine. I think that's good. I like that. If you're going to be the best, you've got to beat the best. They make their plays, and we're going to make ours. I think in the course of time, you're going to see and people are going to see the Washington Nationals are for real. We're going to play the style of baseball that is going to bring championships to this city."
| December 15, 2010; 3:49 PM ET
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