The Cubs are the second king Addison Russell to announce Monday, breaking ties with the 25-year-old who had suspended the 40-game suspension in 2019 with MLB’s policy on domestic violence.
“We decided to offer Addison Russell a non-bid today simply because the role he was expected to play for the Cubs 2020 was inconsistent with the way they would be treated in the wage arbitration process,” Chicago GM Theo Epstein said in a statement. .
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Russell was a contractor until 2021, but is now on the market as a freelance agent.
A 2016 All-Star at the age of 22, Russell’s career has been set by a domestic violence saga that began in June 2017. Postponed in October 2018, following public allegations of physical abuse by his ex-wife Melisa Reidy, he spoke to MLB investigators.
The MLB suspended Russell for 40 games as a result of the investigation, part of the reason Russell played just 82 games in 2019.
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“In the year since we decided to offer Addison a contract last November, he has achieved his promise to do the important self-improvement project needed by the field,” Epstein said. “We offered our continued support for him and his family, including Melisa.”
If Chicago does not go out of the organization to replace Russell, David Bote would likely be the second full-time baseman.