(AP) -- That dang Rally Squirrel still haunts Roy Halladay.
Citing a desire to avoid surgery for an ailing back and wanting to spend more time with his family, the two-time Cy Young Award winner retired Monday after 16 seasons in the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies.
Halladay signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Blue Jays, where he spent the first 12 years of his career. The 36-year-old right-hander choked up and held back tears while making the announcement at a news conference at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox, baseball's winningest managers over the past four decades, were unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday by the expansion era committee.
All three won more than 2,000 games and were selected on all 16 ballots when the committee met Sunday ahead of baseball's winter meetings.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) David Price has two more years before he can test free agency, and Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon knows that means he can't count on his lefty ace being in the Rays' rotation next year.
"This is how we have to operate within our little world," Maddon said Monday at the winter meetings. "So if it were to happen, it's one of those that's almost the word `devastating' in a sense, but we have to recover from those kind of moments if it does actually occur."
SEATTLE (AP) Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik defended his involvement in the daily operation of the ballclub on Monday after pointed remarks by former manager Eric Wedge and other past front-office employees in The Seattle Times.
Zduriencik issued the statement a day after a lengthy Times article that highlighted issues with the Mariners' front office. Wedge was quoted in the story saying Zduriencik, team president Chuck Armstrong and CEO Howard Lincoln had meddled in the club's operation.
MIAMI (AP) Garrett Jones will try to give the Miami Marlins some much-needed offense at first base.
Jones agreed to terms with Miami on a $7.75 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been finalized and Jones had yet to take his physical.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Jarrod Saltalamacchia hopes to stick around with the Miami Marlins.
Miami went on a spending spree after the 2011 season and added All-Stars Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell. When that didn't lead to success, the Marlins jettisoned most of their stars and cut payroll to about $42 million this year.