Adam Russell
Adam Russell
36-Year-Old PitcherRP
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$Signed a minor league contract with the Reds in May of 2014.
PCincinnati Reds  
May 3, 2014
Russell signed a minor league contract with the Reds on Saturday, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.
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Russell spent last season at Triple-A New Orleans, posting five saves with a 3-3 record, 2.37 ERA, 1.401 WHIP, and 59:33 K:BB in 60.2 innings. Considering his last major league appearance occurred in 2011 with the Rays, the 31-year-old will supply organizational depth and not much more for the Reds.
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Russell had a 3.03 ERA in 36 games for Tampa Bay last season, but just a 13:20 K:BB ratio in 32.2 innings. He was sent down in June and spent the rest of the season at Triple-A, where he had a 4.24 ERA and a poor 14:12 K:BB ratio. He's a long shot to make a deep Atlanta bullpen and likely just adds depth at Triple-A.
At 6-foot-8 and 255 pounds, Russell is an imposing figure with potentially dominant stuff. In 2010 he spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Portland with a 4.88 ERA and 1.59 K/BB ratio out of the bullpen. He's shown better control in previous stops, but a 5.6 BB/9IP is concerning. In his September callup he had a 10.5 K/9IP with a 50 percent groundball rate. In the offseason he was traded to Tampa Bay where he'll battle for a bullpen role in spring training. With improved control, he could surprise.
The White Sox converted the hard-throwing Russell to relief in '07, with fairly good results including a dramatic improvement in control last season at Triple-A. An absolute monster on the mound, Russell has the ability to become a dominant late-inning reliever, even a closer. He's four names down the list at this point, but worth having on your radar if you like making random longshot saves plays.
The Sox converted the huge righty to relief in 2007, and while he's been more effective in the role, it's not by enough to elevate him to prospect status yet. There's some upside, including a long shot that he becomes a closer in two years, so he's worth grabbing in very deep leagues.
Russell struggled again as a starter at Double-A before getting bumped into a relief role in July. He didn't fare any better as a reliever and his future is very cloudy at this point. He did open some eyes last spring but he'll need to do so again this year. He's 6'8" so perhaps he should consider a career as a bouncer.
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PBaltimore Orioles  
March 20, 2013
Russell was reassigned to minor league camp Wednesday.
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PBaltimore Orioles  
December 5, 2012
Russell has signed a minor league contract with the Orioles, the team's official Twitter page reports.
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PFree Agent  
July 23, 2012
The Braves released Russell on Sunday.
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PAtlanta Braves  
March 23, 2012
The Braves cut Russell from big league camp Friday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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PAtlanta Braves  
November 22, 2011
Russell signed a minor league contract with Atlanta that includes an invitation to spring training, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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