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Chicago Cubs trade James Russell, Emilio Bonifacio to Atlanta

The Chicago Cubs have at least made one deal at the MLB trade deadline today. Just after the deadline hit, reports hit the web that the Cubs traded reliever James Russell and utility man Emilio Bonifacio to the Atlanta Braves. In exchange for the two players, the Cubs will get Class A catcher Victor Caratini from Braves. With Bonifacio and Barney gone, that opens up second base for Arismendy Alcantara who w ...

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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 appea ...

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Chicago Cubs Preview: Cubs Bullpen looks to bounce back

Last season, the Chicago Cubs had one of the worse bullpens in all of  major league baseball. This off-season, the Cubs bullpen was heavily worked on and was the main area addressed in the off-season. But is it good enough to help lead the Cubs to success this season? After-all a good bullpen is one of the keys to success. Here is what to expect from a revamped Cubs bullpen. Jose Veras: The Cubs signed Vera ...

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James Russell: Sean Marshall 2.0?

  When establishing a bullpen at the beginning of the season, a manager has to evaluate which pitchers to put into the rotation, and which pitchers are to head to the bullpen. It's what Spring Training is for--so the manager can get a good look at all of the franchise's major league-ready talent, and establish roles on how best to use the players in certain situations. One of the many poor decisions Cu ...

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