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May 8, 2018 09:52 AM
James Russell: Released by Detroit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Tigers released Russell on Monday, John Wagner of The Toledo Blade reports.

After failing to win a bullpen gig with the Tigers in spring training, Russell opened the season at Triple-A Toledo, making only two appearances and giving up five runs over three innings before getting let go. The lefty will likely try to land a minor-league deal elsewhere but will face a difficult path back to the majors regardless of where he lands.

January 10, 2018 01:04 PM
James Russell: Signs minor-league contract with Detroit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell agreed to a minor-league deal with the Tigers on Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

Russell spent the 2017 season with the Yucatan Lions, a Triple-A affiliate in the Mexican League, tossing 31 innings and accumulating a 2.03 ERA over five starts. The 32-year-old appeared in seven big-league games for the Phillies in 2016 and pitched in 49 for the Cubs a year prior, so he will bring some major-league experience to the Tigers. That said, Russell will likely begin the year with Triple-A Toledo.

February 13, 2017 11:40 AM
Indians' James Russell: Inks NRI deal with Cleveland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell signed a minor league contract with the Indians on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training, Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports.

The deal isn't complete until the left-hander passes a physical, but it seems like he'll be switching leagues with the hopes of returning to the majors. Russell spent the bulk of 2016 with the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley, and he compiled a 4.29 ERA while acting as both a starter and a reliever. He'll compete for a bullpen role out of spring training, but it'll be tough to carve out a niche with Ryan Merritt and Shawn Morimando competing for southpaw spots behind Andrew Miller and Boone Logan in the Tribe's bullpen.

October 6, 2016 05:46 AM
James Russell: Files for free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell has elected free agency.

Russell had a brief stint with the Phillies this year, but spent most of his season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He worked as both a starter and a reliever there, compiling a 3-5 record with a 4.29 ERA and a 49:19 K:BB in 79.2 innings.

April 22, 2016 09:05 PM
Phillies' James Russell: Clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A on Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell cleared waivers Friday and was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Todd Zolecki of reports.

After being designated for assignment Wednesday, Russell went through waivers unclaimed and has since been outrighted to the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate. Russell made the Opening Day roster out of camp thanks to a strong spring, but he couldn't quite sustain that success once the season got underway. In just four innings of work, Russell allowed two home runs and seven total earned runs. Given the Phillies' inconsistent bullpen and the fact that Russell is a southpaw, he could find his way back onto the 40-man roster later in the season.

April 20, 2016 03:53 PM
Phillies' James Russell: Designated for assignment Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell was designated for assignment Wednesday.

Russell made the Phillies roster out of spring training after striking out nine batters in 6.2 innings, but he has been horrendous in the regular season as his 18.69 ERA in seven appearances shows. Russell has to clear waivers before heading to Triple-A, so he could land with another team if anyone else is in need of a left-hander for their bullpen. To take his place in the bullpen, the Phillies selected the contract of Andrew Bailey from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

April 2, 2016 04:49 PM
Phillies' James Russell: Added to 25-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Phillies selected Russell's contract Saturday, Todd Zolecki of reports.

Russell won a job after posting a 2.70 ERA with a 9:0 K:BB in 6.2 innings this spring. He joins Brett Oberholtzer and Daniel Stumpf as the third lefty in the Phillies' pen.

November 12, 2015 11:49 AM
Phillies' James Russell: Signs minor league deal with Phillies
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Russell signed a minor league deal with the Phillies on Thursday and will receive an invite to major league spring training.

The 29-year-old southpaw had some effective years pitching out of the Cubs' bullpen earlier this decade, but a 5.29 ERA in 34 innings last year led to him being cast aside. He'll offer left-handed reliever depth for the Phillies in 2016.

September 3, 2015 06:50 PM
Cubs RP James Russell dispatched to Triple-A Iowa
by Marty Gitlin |

Cubs reliever James Russell has been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa after being designated for assignment Tuesday, has reported.

Russell suffered through a miserable stretch in August, sending his ERA soaring from 2.70 to 5.29. He allowed 12 runs in 7 1/3 innings during that time.

September 1, 2015 06:10 PM
Cubs DFA relievers Rafael Soriano and James Russell
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Cubs relievers Rafael Soriano and James Russell have been designated for assignment

Soriano made six appearances for the Cubs after signing a minor-league deal in June. He posted a 6.35 ERA, and was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on Aug. 5.

In his first season back with the Cubs, Russell struggled in 2015. In 49 relief appearances, he posted a 5.29 ERA over 34 innings of work.

August 12, 2015 12:50 AM
Cubs' James Russell earns first save of year
by Shawn Krest |

Cubs reliever James Russell earned his first save since last season, and fourth of his career, Tuesday against Milwaukee. 

Russell pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit. Four of his last five outings have been scoreless. 

For the third time in four appearances and sixth time in the last eight, Russell didn't strike out a batter.

July 10, 2015 09:47 AM
Cubs' James Russell has one-pitch blown save
by Shawn Krest |

Cubs reliever James Russell entered Tuesday's game with St. Louis and threw one pitch, retiring the only batter he faced. 

Russell was charged with his second blown save of the season, however, as an inherited runner scored the tying run on the groundout he induced. 

June 1, 2015 02:25 PM
Cubs reliever James Russell makes season debut Tuesday
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Cubs reliever James Russell allowed one run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings during the team's 7-4 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday. After starting his career with Chicago, he was dealt to the Braves at the trading deadline last season. The Cubs signed him to a minor league contract last month, and brought him up to the team prior to Tuesday's game

"It's comfortable to be back," Russell said, per "It's a good feeling. The culture has kind of changed for the better. It's definitely nice."

Last season with the Cubs and Braves, the left-hander pitched to a 3.51 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. While pitching in Triple-A this season, Russell did not allow an earned run in seven appearances, and posted a 12:0 K:BB ratio.

June 1, 2015 03:01 PM
Report: Cubs sign LHP James Russell to minor-league deal
by Igor Mello |

The Cubs have signed left-hander James Russell to a minor-league deal on Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. He will report to Triple-A Iowa, per

Russell, 29, spent his first four-plus seasons with the Cubs before he was acquired by Atlanta last season at the trade deadline. The Braves released Russell last week after allowing nine earned runs and three homers in 7 2/3 innings while striking out three and walking three.

June 1, 2015 03:15 PM
Braves release RP James Russell
by R.J. White |

The Braves have released relief pitcher James Russell, reports.

Russell came to the Braves from the Cubs in a deadline-day deal last season and posted a 2.22 ERA and 16:4 K:BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings with his new team. He struggled this spring, allowing nine earned runs and three homers in 7 2/3 innings while striking out three and walking three.

June 1, 2015 03:40 PM
Braves' James Russell (toe) has 30-pitch live BP session
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Braves pitcher James Russell, who has been dealing with turf toe, said he felt good Wednesday after throwing 30 pitches during live batting practice Tuesday, per

Russell, who has yet to make his spring debut, is still hoping for a chance to be used as a starting pitcher.

June 1, 2015 04:40 PM
Braves RP James Russell agrees to $2.425M salary for 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

The Braves and reliever James Russell avoided arbitration Thursday, agreeing to a one-year, $2.425 million contract, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Russell posted a 2.22 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 22 relief appearances after his acquisition from the Cubs in July. He posted a career-best 2.97 ERA in 66 relief outings last season.

June 2, 2015 06:26 AM
James Russell named starter for season finale
by Igor Mello |

The Braves announced that left-hander James Russell will make the start in Sunday's season finale against Philadelphia. Russell owns a 3.19 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 53 2/3 innings of relief this season.

June 2, 2015 07:26 AM
Braves acquire Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell from Cubs
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

The Braves made one move before the trade deadline, acquiring reliever James Russell and infielder Emilio Bonifacio from the Cubs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Additional details on the trade are not yet available.

Russell has a 3.51 ERA in 33 1/3 innings for the Cubs this season, while Bonifacio was hitting .279/.318/.373 in 276 at-bats for the Cubs.  

June 2, 2015 07:31 AM
James Russell melts down in loss to Cardinals
by Igor Mello |

Cubs reliever James Russell (0-2) took the loss Saturday afternoon at home against the Cardinals.

Russell allowed a run to score on a fielder's choice to Matt Carpenter and a two-run triple to Matt Adams in the seventh inning. He was charged with four runs on two hits and one walk while striking out one in two-thirds of an inning. He owns a 3.77 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 31 innings of relief.

Situational Stats
vs New York 1.200 32.40032
vs LHB 1.200 32.40021
vs RHB 2.200 10.13033
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Minor League Pitching Stats
2010AAA-Iowa Cubs11.0500000104115.731.364
2015AAA-Iowa Cubs11.090020313482.451.091

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Philadelphia Phillies

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