Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:37:14 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria said RP Jose Veras will be taken out of the closer role for now.
Fantasy Tip: The team has not named a replacement at this point, but Pedro Strop and James Russell are the most likely options to receive save opportunities. Strop probably would get the first chance to close a game. Owners looking for saves can consider adding one of these relievers, but there is a chance Veras regains the job at some point.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:42:12 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Jose Veras blew his first save chance of the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, April 2.
Fantasy Tip: Veras' skills are slightly above average for a reliever. He struggled all spring, and this isn't a good start to the year. If things continue to go south quickly, the Cubbies may go elsewhere. Other candidates to close include Pedro Strop and James Russell and Wesley Wright.
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:21:39 -0800
Chicago Cubs RP James Russell (arm), who has been sidelined due to pain in his left arm, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, March 7, and he could pitch in a game next week. Russell was going through a "dead arm" phase.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:49:45 -0800
The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with RP James Russell Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.775 million deal.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:24:26 -0800
The Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with RP James Russell on a one-year $1.775 contract Friday, Jan. 17.
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 07:17:58 -0800
The Chicago Cubs re-signed INF Donnie Murphy and C George Kottaras to one-year deals. They also tendered contracts to 2B Darwin Barney, SP Jeff Samardzija, SP Travis Wood, RP Pedro Strop, RP James Russell, INF Luis Valbuena and OF Nate Schierholtz.
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:47:28 -0700
The Chicago Cubs might not be done making trades before the deadline Wednesday, July 31. RP Kevin Gregg is the most likely to be traded, along with OF Nate Schierholtz. RP James Russell and SP Jeff Samardzija are extremely unlikely to be traded.
Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:18:06 -0700
The Atlanta Braves would like to acquire a left-handed relief pitcher before the trade deadline. The team is believed to be interested in Chicago Cubs RP James Russell, Milwaukee Brewers RP Mike Gonzalez and Houston Astros RP Wesley Wright.
Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:23:12 -0700
The Chicago Cubs are receiving interest from other teams in RP Kevin Gregg.
Fantasy Tip: Gregg has pitched surprisingly well this year after assuming the closer role from Carlos Marmol. With Marmol now out of the picture in Chicago, the Cubbies don't have many stable closing options outside of Gregg. If Gregg were dealt, James Russell is the most obvious choice to be thrust into ninth-inning work.
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:33:20 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said RP Carlos Marmol will remain in the seventh and eighth innings of games, and he won't be an option to close when RP Kevin Gregg is unavailable.
Fantasy Tip: James Russell is probably the most likely candidate to fill in in the ninth if Gregg is injured or needs a break. Shawn Camp is another possibility. Neither should be owned unless you're desperate for saves vultures in deep NL leagues.