Cubs sign left-hander James Russell

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Released by the Brewers at the end of spring training, left-hander James Russell has signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs.

Russell pitched for the Cubs from 2010 until the middle of last season, when he was traded to the Braves. He has a 3.74 ERA in 219 career innings, but it comes with mediocre strikeout and walk rates.

He’ll head to Triple-A for now and has a good chance of rejoining the Cubs’ bullpen at some point this season in a middle relief role.