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3/14 Morning Marquee: Marcos Mateo returns to Chicago Cubs


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

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