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Cubs non-tender Addison Russell, ending his tenure with the team

Yahoo! Sports logo Yahoo! Sports 12/3/2019 Chris Cwik
a baseball player holding a bat while wearing a hat: Addison Russell's time with the Cubs has come to an end. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Addison Russell's time with the Cubs has come to an end. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs are moving on from shortstop Addison Russell. The team opted to cut bait on Russell, non-tendering the shortstop Monday.

The move ends Russell’s tenure with the Cubs. The 25-year-old Russell will now hit the free-agent market. He hit .237/.308/.391 in 241 plate appearances last season.

On the field, Russell failed to live up to expectations. A former first-round draft pick, Russell has a career .242/.312/.392 slash line. He’s regarded as a strong defender at short.

Russell’s time with the Cubs won’t be remembered for his on-field failings, however. Russell received a 40-game suspension from Major League Baseball after his ex-wife accused Russell of domestic violence. MLB investigated the situation and suspended Russell. He missed the end of the 2018 season and the start of the 2019 season.

The Cubs initially kept Russell in the minors once his suspension ended, but eventually called him back up to the majors in 2019. Some Cubs fans weren’t happy with that decision. Despite that, Cubs President Theo Epstein believed Russell should receive a “conditional second chance.”

Epstein offered similar comments when discussing Russell’s non-tender Monday. Epstein made it clear Russell was let go due to his on-field struggles. The decision had nothing to do with Russell’s domestic-violence suspension.

The Cubs paid Russell $4.3 million in 2019.


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