Shortstop Addison Russell received a 40-game suspension last month for a violation of Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, but that won’t necessarily conclude his tenure with the Cubs. While it appeared last month that the Cubs would indeed cut ties with Russell, they haven’t yet made a decision on his future, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports (subscription required).
According to Mooney, Chicago’s currently doing its “own due diligence, outreach and additional research” on Russell, who earned a suspension a couple weeks after his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, alleged that he abused her verbally, emotionally and physically during their marriage. Even though Russell called the allegations “completely false” when they were leveled against him in late September, he opted against appealing MLB’s punishment. As a result of that 40-game ban, which began Sept. 21, he’ll sit out the first month of the 2019 season.
In the wake of his suspension, the 24-year-old Russell looked like either a trade or a non-tender candidate for the Cubs this offseason. That may not end up being the case, but if Chicago does non-tender him, it would need to do so by …Read the Rest
Source:: MLB Trade Rumors