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2/15 Morning Marquee: Jeff Samardzija talks long-term deal, MLB mourns Jim Fregosi

Chicago Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija met with media members Friday to discuss his long-term contract talks and where he stands with it. Fellow pitcher, Jake Arrieta, believes he will be ready for Opening Day despite suffering from shoulder tightness. Recently signed Jason Hammel stated he does not want to be a sign-and-flip guy and wants to be a core member of the Cubs for the future.

Around the league: executives, media members, and players mourn the death of ex-manager, former All-Star Jim Fregosi. The Atlanta Braves and right-hander Julio Teheran agreed to a six-year deal and Reds’ right-hander Mat Latos had surgery for torn knee cartilage.

Chicago Sun-Times: Cubs righty Jake Arrieta optimistic he’ll be ready at start of season

CSN Chicago: Jason Hammel doesn’t want to be a sign-and-flip guy for Cubs

Daily Herald: Samardzija facing uncertain future

Chicago Tribune: Hendry mourns Fregosi’s death: ‘A real sad day’

Fox Sports: Braves, RHP Julio Teheran agree to six-year deal

CBS Sports: Reds’ Mat Latos has knee surgery, expected to return in 10 days

NBC Sports: Rangers, Mitch Moreland avoid arbitration with $2.65 million deal

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