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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

I have Garrett Richards as the 16th starting pitcher to obtain a major league contract this offseason (though I might have missed some along the way). Among those, 14 settled for a one-year contract and the rest got just two years. Hard to see anyone aside from Trevor Bauer signing for longer than that.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Two of baseball's most revered figures held hallowed records for decades AND shared first & middle names: Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron & Henry Louis (Lou) Gehrig. In our 1997 special on Jackie Robinson's legacy, Aaron said of chasing & passing the 714 home runs of Gehrig's teammate Babe Ruth & enduring a torrent of racist abuse & death threats, "I don't talk about it that much, especially the home run. It had taken a piece of my life with it. Rather than being happy, it was a sad moment."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Angels remain "very active" in the search for another starting pitcher after signing Jose Quintana, GM Perry Minasian said. They've been linked most prominently to Trevor Bauer and Jake Odorizzi. Minasian also expects a "breakout year" from Shohei Ohtani, who will return as a two-way player. Jose Quintana, Andrew Heaney, Dylan Bundy and Griffin Canning are the other solidified members of the rotation.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Here's one way to explain Henry Aaron's consistency, durability and greatness: If you turned his 755 home runs into outs, he STILL had 3,000 career hits. He finished in the top-10 of the MVP voting 13 times and remains the all-time leader in RBIs and total bases. He was a Gold Glover, went 30-30 one season, won two batting titles and four home run crowns and pushed through the racism of those who didn't think he deserved to break Babe Ruth's record.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Henry Aaron said in ‘09 re: slumps. "The only thing you can do is just go up there & swing the bat. I hear people say you've got to try & hit the ball to the middle, do this & do that — you just can't guide baseballs like that. Somebody's throwing a baseball at 90 miles per hour & I'm going to try and hit it to right field? Your brains and your hands don't give you time to think like that. All you're trying to do is get the bat on the ball." (he laughed)

William Weinbaum ESPN 

In our 2009 interview, Henry Aaron said, "I gave baseball everything that I had, everything for 23 years. I played the game the only way I knew how to play it, (I'd) go out and play it the way all the fans knew I could play it and I think that was it." He said of PEDs & Barry Bonds, "You have to say right now he is the home run champ." And, "I have no resentment to any other player. I just feel like I did everything that's humanly possible that Henry Aaron could do, and that was it."