Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:59:38 -0700
Chicago Cubs RPs James Russell and Wesley Wright are being scouted by the Atlanta Braves. The Braves are looking for a left-handed relief pitcher and have one of their top scouts following the Cubs.
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:39:31 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP James Russell was the subject of many trade talks over the weekend, thanks primarily to his 2.22 ERA and a strand rate of nearly 83 percent. Russell is pitching on a one-year, $1.775 million contract and is arbitration-eligible for 2015.
Mon, 05 May 2014 09:29:05 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Hector Rondon was saddled with the loss after allowing a game-winning single in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, May 4, and manager Rick Renteria made it clear that he wanted to stick with Rondon in a tie ballgame. "In the end, with the strength of Hector, regardless of who he's facing, lefty or righty, it's a good match for him," Renteria said. RP Wesley Wright was warming in the bullpen to face Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter, but Renteria chose to stick with Rondon. Wright appears to have passed RP James Russell as the high-leverage lefty in the bullpen. Rondon said he felt strong despite pitching in his fourth game in the last five days.
Fantasy Tip: The outing was disappointing for Rondon owners, but the silver lining here is the fact that Renteria trusts Rondon as his closer, even in a tied game and facing a left-handed hitter. It cements the notion that he's the unquestioned man for the ninth inning right now in Chicago.
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.