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President Trump Congratulates Astros In White House Championship Visit

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The Houston Astros were in attendance at the White House on Monday afternoon, as President Donald Trump declared their 2017 World Series championship “a victory for the ages.”

Trump had nothing but praise for the Astros during the 20-minute ceremony in the White House’s East Room. Per MLB.com via audio, here’s a bit of what Trump had to say:

“[Game 7 of the World Series] was one of the greatest baseball game’s anybody’s ever seen. Tremendous for the sport, and it really is a reminder of why baseball is our national pasttime.

“To [owner] Jim Crane, general manager Jeff Luhnow, president Reid Ryan, skipper AJ Hinch, you’ve become very famous. AJ, you’ve become very famous, I have to tell you. That was a great job of skippering. And all of the players and staff, congratulations on your incredible victory. It was indeed. After the devastating Hurricane Harvey, it’s incredible with what you went through, that you’re the champions with what you went through, with Harvey. It’s a really befitting tribute.”

Full audio of the ceremony, beginning at 55:30, can be heard below:

Astros outfielder Josh Reddick posed with the President holding a team Trump jersey sporting a #17 to signify the franchise’s historic win:

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According to USA TODAY, the only Astros players not to attend were shortstop Carlos Correa and pitcher Ken Giles, both due to family obligations.

“I want to thank all the fans,” said Astros owner and CEO Jim Crane. “59 years, we’ve never won a World Series, Texas has never won a World Series, so we’re glad to finally deliver that for the state of Texas.”

Overall, a nice moment. I don’t think Trump meant to say Game 7 was “one of the greatest baseball game’s anybody’s ever seen” though; pretty sure he meant Game 5 in Houston.

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Blue Jays Have “Legitimate Interest” In Jake Odorizzi

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to make a splash in free agency and have their sights set on pitcher Jake Odorizzi, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

The Blue Jays have already conducted a sit-down meeting with Odorizzi’s agents.

Odorizzi, 29, is coming off come off arguably the best season of his career with the Minnesota Twins last season.

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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