Given all that surrounds him, Addison Russell may have played his last game as a Cub. First and foremost are the credible accusations of spousal abuse laid out by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, which led to a 40-game suspension (29 games of which still remain). Then there’s Russell’s offensive stagnation in 2018, which, combined with Javier Baez’s breakout, means the Cubs were probably already thinking about replacing Russell at shortstop even before the far more important and pressing matter of domestic violence resurfaced.
Yet, as my colleague Jeff Burdick astutely noted, the Cubs are not going to just hand the arbitration-eligible Russell to a competitor by choosing not to tender him a contract offer this winter. Also, Russell cannot be optioned to the minors, which leaves a trade as the only likely way for the Cubs to to part with him. I suspect the Cubs are willing to deal Russell for less than they would in an ideal market, but will still demand a fair return.
We’ve seen in the past that teams — including the Cubs themselves in the case of Aroldis Chapman — are not always scared off by players with …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider