Tag: James Russell

James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio traded to the Braves

James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio traded to the Braves
James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio were the last Cubs players to be moved before the non-waiver trade deadline. The range of emotions that happened as news broke very slowly was interesting. From Atlanta RT @mlbbowman: Confirmed: The #Braves have acquired Emilio Bonafacio and LHP James Russell from the Cubs. — Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) July 31,... Read more »

So James Russell Thinks He Can Start

So James Russell Thinks He Can Start
I just came back from the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium.  Science is cool, and if you’re ever in need of some time to spend learning stuff, I’d highly recommend the Field Museum’s Biomechanics Exhibit and their normal history of life exhibit where they show off all the mass extinction events.  I hope this... Read more »

The Huston Street trade makes one ponder the Cubs reliever trade value

The Huston Street trade makes one ponder the Cubs reliever trade value
Last night, while the Cubs were quietly bleeding away a victory to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the desert, a trade happened between two West division teams.  The San Diego Padres, led by a triumvirate of interim general managers after Josh Byrnes was fired, sent their best reliever, Huston Street, to the Los Angeles Angels in... Read more »
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Your Chicago Cubs Opening Day 25 man Roster for 2014

Your Chicago Cubs Opening Day 25 man Roster for 2014
Even though pitchers and catchers only reported two days ago for your Chicago Cubs, and position players have yet to officially report (though a few early birds have arrived) you can make a few educated guesses as to who will likely be heading north with the team when they leave Spring Training. While many things... Read more »

Cubs Stuff Involving Money: Arbitration Figures Exchange Deadline Today

Cubs Stuff Involving Money: Arbitration Figures Exchange Deadline Today
Tonight the Cubs Convention starts in full swing and you can follow most of the action using the #CubsCon tag on Twitter.  Prior to the festivities, the front office was still hard at work finalizing deals with a subset of players while exchanging figures with another set.  For an overview, here’s MLBTR’s projected arbitration salaries... Read more »

Trading for offense

Trading for offense
The Cubs offense was bad last year. The Cubs scored the third lowest amount of runs. They reached base the third lowest percent of the time. OPS+ saw them fare a little better at fifth worst, but the picture remains that this is a bottom tier offense at the moment. The statistics become even bleaker... Read more »
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Cubs Strengthen Bullpen by Signing Jose Veras

Cubs Strengthen Bullpen by Signing Jose Veras
Don’t look now, but the Chicago Cubs bullpen is looking pretty good as of late. With recent additions of Wesley Wright and with Jose Veras now in the mix, one of the weakest parts of the 2013 ball club might actually be not half bad in 2014. Veras signed a one year deal with the Cubs... Read more »

Cubs Sign Wesley Wright. What That Means for James Russell, Bullpen

Cubs Sign Wesley Wright. What That Means for James Russell, Bullpen
Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs made their first real free agent signing of the off season, and many fans were left unimpressed. While other teams are making trades for key players such as Prince Fielder or Ian Kinsler, and others are signing players to contracts like Jacoby Ellsbury, the Cubs went ahead and signed a... Read more »

With the Cubs Bullpen Lacking Any Trust, Two Pitchers Expected to be Added Tonight

With the Cubs Bullpen Lacking Any Trust, Two Pitchers Expected to be Added Tonight
There is simply no other way to say this, so I will just cut to the chase. The Chicago Cubs bullpen is an absolute disgrace. This surely comes as no surprise to anyone, as this has been a complaint from every fan on the North Side for the entire year. There were always the players... Read more »
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A New Cup of Coffee

A New Cup of Coffee
As trade season continues and we watch for the names that will change uniforms sooner rather than later, we also have to be mindful of which players the Cubs will use to replace the likes of Matt Garza, Scott Feldman, Nate Schierholtz, etc.  Some replacements may come in the form of whoever comes to Chicago... Read more »