Phillies sign reliever James Russell


Looking to add some left-handed bullpen depth, the Phillies have signed veteran reliever James Russell to a minor-league contract.

Russell has spent six seasons in the majors, almost all with the Cubs, logging 330 total innings with a 3.90 ERA. Nothing stands out about his secondary numbers, which include mediocre strikeout, walk, and home run rates, but Russell is a 30-year-old capable of filling a middle relief role and the Phillies are likely just collecting as much usable depth as possible.

Russell agreeing to a minor-league deal this early in the offseason suggests he thinks his chances of making the Opening Day roster are pretty strong.