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2/18 Morning Marquee: Jeff Samardzija talks mentor Ryan Dempster


The Chicago Cubs battle for third-base is wide open and despite Javier Baez‘s and Kris Bryant‘s offensive prowess they both realize they need to develop their defense game before taking Wrigley Field this summer. Cubs’ starter Jeff Samardzija wouldn’t be surprised if Ryan Dempster, his mentor, made a comeback in 2015 and the Canadian pitcher could possibly be a fit for the Cubs next year.

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Around the league, the Baltimore Orioles made a big splash as they reached an agreement with Ubaldo Jimenez and finalized a three-year, $5.575 million Suk Min-Yoon. Former Cubs prospect Tyler Colvin has a “good chance” to join the two pitchers in the Charm City after all.

Chicago Tribune: Cubs prospect Javier Baez in no hurry to reach the majors

ESPN Chicago: Javier Baez arrives quietly at camp

670 the Score: Samardzija on stalled long-term contract talks: ‘Both sides are justified’

Chicago Sun-Times: Dempster might fit into Cubs’ dynamic in 2015

CSN Chicago: Cubs: Dempster comeback wouldn’t surprise Samardzija

Cubs Den: Spraying to all fields – Samardzija, Arrieta and more

Fox Sports: Orioles reach deal with free-agent Ubaldo Jimenez

NBC Sports: Tyler Colvin has a “good chance” to end up with the Orioles after all

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