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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Does Red Sox star Mookie Betts see himself as a team leader? "I'm only 24, so it's kind of hard to tell some 30-year-old man, 'Let's go,'" he said before Boston Baseball Writers' Dinner. "I try to lead by example."

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

?'El presiente Bush está orgulloso y satisfecho por su amigo, a quien llamó esta mañana para felicitarlo'.- Freddy Ford, director de comunicación del Presidente George W. Bush en referencia a la elección al Salón de la Fama de Iván 'Pudge' Rodríguez.

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Orioles OF/DH Mark Trumbo hit an AL-best 47 HR last season, but finished with only 1.6 Wins Above Replacement.

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The Orioles have reportedly agreed to a deal with Mark Trumbo on a 3-year contract. Trumbo had career highs in home runs (47), RBI (108), hits (157) and OPS (.850) last season.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals offered approximately $85m to Kenley Jansen before he turned them down. They traded three good prospects for Adam Eaton who will be cost effective for 4yrs. Now it's hard to believe they won't spend part of that $85m saved from Jansen to land both Free Agents Greg Holland and Matt Wieters. Both would put them over the top.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

With Mark Trumbo off the board and the Orioles no longer in need for a power hitter, this clearly opens the door for a return to Texas for Mike Napoli who is now on the clock.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

I just confirmed by both sides that Mark Trumbo and the Orioles have agreed on a 3-year deal worth 37.5m with deferrals. However, like all Orioles free agents signings he will have to go through a Navy Seal type physical which means on this one we all need to wait to make sure they actually pass him.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

5'8" Tim Raines said his idol, 5'7" Joe Morgan, inspired him as a young athlete to give up football for baseball when the Reds' second-baseman won two straight MVP awards. Until receiving a congratulatory call Wednesday, Raines said they hadn't been in touch for a few years and he was concerned about Morgan's health. "Just to hear his voice made this day so much more special."

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

One of the three new members of the 2017 MLB Hall of Fame Class, Iván "Pudge" Rodríguez, alongside his son, Iván Derek Rodríguez.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Speaking before Boston Baseball Writers' Dinner, Terry Francona said Theo Epstein visited him after Cubs' Game 7 celebration. "He's in a suit and smells like champagne, yet he was comfortable enough to come over. I thought that was really, really nice of him."

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Topps selling card signed by Pudge, Bagwell & Raines for $300

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Pudge Rodriguez just gave a roundabout non-answer when Ron Blum of the Associated Press asked him about possible PED use during his career. Rodriguez attributed his success over 21 years to hard work. He declined to elaborate beyond that.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Asked to address whether he used PEDs, Pudge Rodriguez said at Thursday's Hall of Fame news conference, "No, I didn't." The only catcher other than Johnny Bench to receive first ballot election said, "I worked very hard for 21 years," adding, "I played the game the right way."

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Tim Raines received a call from his baseball idol, Joe Morgan, upon making the Hall of Fame Wednesday. "To have him call made the day that much more special,"" Raines said.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

After a near-MVP season in 2016, Mookie Betts on what he does for an encore: "Try not to be better. Just try to be the same guy. I think when people try to be better, things get worse. If I can do anything similar to last year, I'll be pretty happy."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mookie Betts on finishing as runner-up for AL MVP: "Obviously I want to win it at some point, but I think I want to win a World Series more."

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines & Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez don commemorative Hall of Fame jerseys at a New York news conference Thursday.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Pudge Rodriguez confirmed he will go into the Hall of Fame as a Texas Ranger. Tim Raines will go in as a Montreal Expo. No surprise with either player.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Tim Raines on his Hall of Fame election: "The writers finally got it right."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox "would likely hold Eduardo Rodriguez out" of WBC, according to manager John Farrell, as long as the team has questions about health of his knee. Also, catcher Sandy Leon has decided against playing for Venezuela, Farrell said.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets have hired former major league catcher Chad Kreuter to serve as St. Lucie manager. Marc Valdes will serve as pitching coach and Valentino Pascucci will be the hitting coach for the Florida State League club.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Getting Dan Straily might not sound big, but the 2016 Marlins got quality starts 39% of the time; their new front five, 49%. If they repeat that, the Fish would move from 12th to 6th in the NL.