James Russell RP CHC 4 Months
Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Cubs nearly traded James Russell to the Braves last week.
The Braves aren't an option anymore after their acquisition of Scott Downs, but it does signify that Russell is very much available. The southpaw didn't do himself any favors with a rocky showing Tuesday, but he entered the day holding left-handed batters to a .179/.235/.269 batting line.
James Russell RP CHC 5 Months
James Russell gave up a three-run homer after taking over in the eighth inning to take a blown save and a loss Tuesday against the A's.
Just one of the two baserunners was his; the other run was charged to Blake Parker, who retired five of the six hitters he faced in the seventh and eighth. At this point, Parker would seem to be the better bet than Russell for saves if Kevin Gregg is traded. The newly acquired Pedro Strop could leapfrog them both, though.
James Russell RP CHC 6 Months
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that teams have asked the Cubs about James Russell, but they are not inclined to trade him.
They would surely consider it if they're blown away by an offer. However, they're in no rush to deal Russell, who holds a 2.22 ERA and 1.06 WHIP and is still relatively cheap with a $1.08 million salary in his first year of arbitration.
James Russell RP CHC 7 Months
James Russell has emerged as one of the Cubs' few bright spots in 2013, checking in with a 1.04 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in 23 appearances.
The former 14th-round pick also has seven holds and a 19/4 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings. Russell has regressed a bit since an April in which he didn't allow a run, but he's lowered his ERA every season he's been in the majors. We expect him to do so again.
James Russell RP CHC 11 Months
Cubs and RHP James Russell avoided arbitration by agreeing to a contract.
Terms haven't been disclosed. Russell was arbitration eligible for the first time this winter after posting a 3.25 ERA and 55/23 K/BB ratio over 69 1/3 innings last year. He figures to pitch in middle relief in 2013.
James Russell RP CHC May 27 '12
With Rafael Dolis demoted from the Cubs' closer role, the team is expected to use a combination of James Russell and Shawn Camp in the ninth inning.
Sveum said earlier this month that Russell and Dolis would share the role before Dolis briefly ran away with the job, so you'd think the lefty would be higher on the totem pole than Camp. But, Camp has pitched well of late and, since he throws right-handed, could get more chances in the matchups-based approach. Carlos Marmol (hamstring) is due back soon and figures to eventually get his old job back.
James Russell RP CHC May 11 '12
James Russell has yet to see a save opportunity since Carlos Marmol was removed from the closer role.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Russell and Rafael Dolis would share the role, but it's been Dolis used in both save chances even though he faced two left-handed batters while converting his first save and two lefties and a switch-hitter in his second chance. It appears that Russell, who holds a 0.73 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 13 appearances, might only be used in the ninth inning on days where Dolis is unavailable.