The Score "The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with reliever James Russell on Thursday, reportedly agreeing to a one-year, $2.425-million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Acquired from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Emilio Bonifacio in July, Russell posted a 2.22 ERA in 22 appearances..." January 15
CSN Chicago "James Russell gave Jeff Samardzija the beer-and-a-cigarette sendoff on the Fourth of July in Washington. And then the Cubs reliever had to wonder if he would be the next one to get traded. It’s hard to see Theo Epstein’s front office topping that six-player blockbuster with the Oakland A’s. But..." July 09
CSN Chicago "James Russell is an old-school reliever. He grew up in big-league clubhouses. He wants the ball. He doesn’t think the Cubs have overworked him. Russell hasn’t appeared in a Cactus League game yet and doesn’t expect to throw off a mound again until next week. But the 28-year-old left-hander..." March 06
James Russell avoids arb as well. $1.77 for one yr
Chicago Tribune "The Cubs retained the rights of nine arbitration eligible players, led by pitcher Jeff Samardzija and second baseman Darwin Barney. How long they remain with the Cubs could be dictated by the trade market and the progress of their top prospects. Samardzija, one of the Cubs’ top trade chips,..." December 03
More to watch on deadline day: #Cubs appear more likely to trade Nate Schierholtz than Gregg or Russell.
ESPN Chicago "As the trading deadline approaches the Chicago Cubs are pondering a number of moves that could shape their future. Numerous teams have called on the availability of left-handed reliever James Russell and outfielder Nate Schierholtz. Although neither are star players each can be a..." July 31
teams have asked the #cubs about james russell. they are not inclined to trade him, however.
Chicago Sun-Times "You can’t even identify the players with a scorecard at some of the Cubs’ spring training games. With Starlin Castro, Matt Garza, Scott Baker and Ian Stewart injured, Anthony Rizzo with Team Italy for the World Baseball Classic and other starters getting extra rest during a lengthy spring..." March 07