Could James Russell be the Next Chicago Cub Traded?
The Chicago Cubs already traded the two most named players available at the trade deadline, but who could be the next player traded? Could it be left-handed relief pitcher James Russell? According to Peter Gammons, Russell was one of the most talked about players over the weekend.
Most teams are looking for relief pitching, especially left-handed ones and Russell is available. This season, Russell has appeared in 34 games and has a 2.22 earn run average while walking 10 and striking out 20 batters.
One team that was in the market for a left-handed relief pitcher and now can be cross off the list are the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels a few days ago acquired left-handed relief pitcher Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana for minor-league outfielder Zach Borenstein and right-handed pitcher Joey Krehbiel.
I do expect Russell to be traded this time around and when he is dealt, I expect the Cubs to call-up left-handed relief pitcher Zac Rosscup from Triple-A. Rosscup has spent time on the disabled list this season and in the time he has pitched, he’s gone 2-0 with a 2.70 earn run average in 19 games pitched with striking out 26 batters and issuing 8 walks.
Will Russell be the next domino to fall?