The Cubs agreed to a unique deal with Addison Russell to avoid arbitration

What message does that deal send to Cubs fans?

Yesterday I wrote about the fan campaign to pressure the Cubs to release Addison Russell by raising the equivalent of his salary for the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic of Chicago. As part of that piece I mentioned that the Cubs will have a lot of tough questions to answer at the Cubs Convention next weekend.

That was before salary agreements to avoid arbitration were announced today and it appears the Cubs have put themselves in a more difficult position regarding their suspended shortstop. You might wonder how that is remotely possible given the seemingly continuous firestorm since the Cubs tendered Russell a non-guaranteed contract in November. Take a look below.

As Cubs salaries were revealed on Twitter Friday they were fairly predictable. Here’s Kyle Schwarber signing for slightly more than was projected:

Schwarber avoids arbitration, signs for $3.39m

— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) January 11, 2019

And here’s Mike Montgomery coming in slightly under projections:

Montgomery avoids arbitration with $2.44m deal

— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) January 11, 2019

And here’s Addison Russell, taking a bit of a financial hit. You know, like you do when you’re in the …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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