The Braves have signed 28-year old righty reliever Adam Russell to a minor league deal. Russell pitched in 36 games (0 starts) for the Tampa Bay Rays last year and he was 1-2 with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. He has now pitched in 85 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 8-3 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. This was an excellent signing for the Braves as Russell has a big time arm and major league experience. He is going to have a really good shot of making the Braves out of spring training in 2012.