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.
Sun, 02 Jun 2013 18:00:29 -0700
The Chicago Cubs might consider dealing P James Russell sometime before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Wed, 06 Mar 2013 14:39:23 -0800
Chicago Cubs RPs Kyuji Fujikawa, Carlos Marmol, Shawn Camp and James Russell are locks for the bullpen, and the team will have to decide on Rule 5 pick RP Hector Rondon.
Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:42:19 -0800
The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with Ps Jeff Samardzija and James Russell Friday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to one-year deals with both. Samardzija will make $2.64 million and Russell will earn $1.075 million. Samardzija has a chance to make an extra $125,000 in performance bonuses.
Sat, 01 Dec 2012 10:36:07 -0800
The Chicago Cubs have offered arbitration to SPs Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija, RP James Russell and 2B Luis Valbuena.
Wed, 13 Jun 2012 05:25:13 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Shawn Camp picked up the save Tuesday, June 12, while RP James Russell pitched in the seventh inning.