Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:25:12 -0800
Free-agent RP James Russell (Phillies) has agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. The deal includes an invitation to spring training.
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:48:34 -0700
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies RP Andrew Bailey was officially recalled from Class AAA Lehigh Valley Wednesday, April 20. In a corresponding move, RP James Russell was designated for assignment.
Fantasy Tip: Reiterating a previous tip, Bailey has a long road ahead for save opportunities, and he isn't a roster priority outside of the deepest leagues. He'll likely pitch in low-leverage situations starting out, too. Still, the Philadelphia bullpen has already seen three closers, so there could be potential for ninth-inning duty down the road.
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:26:19 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies RP Andrew Bailey is expected to be called up from the minors to replace RP James Russell, according to sources.
Fantasy Tip: Bailey was speculated to be a front-runner for saves near the end of spring training, but that didn't turn out to be the case. Instead, Jeanmar Gomez has seized the role for now after blowups by David Hernandez and Dalier Hinojosa. Bailey isn't guaranteed to be in high-leverage situations right off the bat, but he's another name to watch in case Gomez struggles eventually. Speculate on Bailey only in the deepest of leagues if you're desperate for saves.
Thu, 05 Feb 2015 10:58:54 -0800
Atlanta Braves SPs Wandy Rodriguez, Eric Stults, Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos will likely be the candidates for the fifth starting position, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. RP James Russell will move back to the bullpen.
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:51:16 -0800
Atlanta Braves RP James Russell agreed to a one-year, $2.425 million contract with the team Thursday, Jan. 15, and will avoid arbitration.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:30:37 -0700
Atlanta Braves RP James Russell might be used in full innings, rather than coming in during the middle of frames, manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Tuesday, Aug. 12. "Maybe I need to do a better job for him, maybe give him a full inning instead of bringing him in, in the middle of an inning, Gonzalez said. "We need to try to figure all of that out to make him perform at the level where he can help us."
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:43:26 -0700
Atlanta Braves INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio and RP James Russell will join the team Friday, August 1, in San Diego. Corresponding roster moves will be made at that time.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:18:53 -0700
The Atlanta Braves will receive approximately $1 million along with INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio and RP James Russell from the Chicago Cubs.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:05:18 -0700
The Chicago Cubs received C Victor Caratini from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for RP James Russell and INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:29:54 -0700
The Atlanta Braves have acquired INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio and RP James Russell from the Chicago Cubs.
Fantasy Tip: Bonifacio will fill a utility role for the Braves. He is unlikely to see everyday at-bats, if the Braves remain healthy. With semi-regular at-bats, Bonifacio retains NL-only and deep mixed league value, due to his base stealing ability. Bonifacio could also push Tommy La Stella for playing time at the keystone position. Russell fills the left-handed-pitching void in the Braves' bullpen, but he has no fantasy value.