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Lilly retires after 15 seasons

Published November 29, 2013 10:58 pm

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Ted Lilly would have loved to keep pitching — if his body would allow him to start every fifth day, and if he could stay off the disabled list.

Instead, the 37-year-old left-hander is retiring after 15 seasons because of further problems with his shoulder and back.

He went to winter ball in Venezuela this month with the hope his body would cooperate and he could find a major league job. But Lilly didn't feel right, and he made just one three-inning appearance during a 20-day stint in Valencia. He would have pitched again except he got food poisoning.

"It came to a point that, unfortunately, the reality set in where I was in terms of health and effectiveness," Lilly said by phone Friday. "Those combinations are what forced me to retire."

A two-time All-Star, Lilly was 130-113 with a 4.14 ERA in parts of 15 major league seasons.

Giants • Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong is staying with San Francisco, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract Friday. The Giants declined to exercise Vogelsong's $6.5 million contract option for 2014 on Nov. 4. Vogelsong went 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts and 1032⁄3 innings during an injury-shortened season.

Royals • Kansas City gave general manager Dayton Moore a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season after the team had its best record in more than 20 years.