On the Chicago Cubs’ first off day this spring on Thursday, the Arizona Diamondback sent right-hander Marcos Mateo, a Rule 5 pick, back to the Cubs.
Around the league, the Kansas City Royals signed 40-year-old Brett Tomko to minor league deal, the St. Louis Cardinals optioned outfielder Oscar Taveras to Triple A Memphis, and the MLB will return to Montreal for exhibition games.
Chicago Tribune: Diamondbacks send Mateo back to Cubs
Chicago Sun-Times: A healthy Mike Olt could add power Cubs lack
ESPN Chicago: Javier Baez shows off his sick bat speed
CSN Chicago: Adam Wainwright: Cubs, Cardinals is a friendly rivalry
Fox Sports: Baseball just paying a visit in Montreal exhibition games – right?
CBS Sports: Orioles, Mets, Rays all talking to Mariners about Nick Franklin
NBC Sports: Royals to sign 40-year-old Brett Tomko to minor league deal
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Cards can’t wait any longer, option Taveras
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Phil Irwin feels strong in first spring work for Pirates
Cincinnati Enquirer: Reds’ Sean Marshall to throw off the mound
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Brewers name Yovani Gallardo the opening-day starter