There are good baseball reasons to do so, as well as the ones you’re thinking of.
I write an article with this headline with some sadness, because when Addison Russell came to the big leagues in 2015 and had almost immediate success at age 21 it seemed as if the Cubs had a shortstop for the next decade. Things got even better in 2016, when he had the best season of his career, a 4.1 bWAR season in which he made the N.L. All-Star team, drove in 95 runs, finished 19th in MVP voting and hit key home runs in both the NLCS and World Series.
As you know, Russell is serving a 40-game suspension following a MLB investigation of domestic violence allegations by his former wife. 10 of those games were the final 10 of 2018, when he was on “administrative leave.” The other 30 will be the first 30 games of 2019. The purpose of this article isn’t to rehash this situation.
Beyond that, Russell’s last two seasons have been marred by injuries. 2018, in particular, was a bad year, despite Russell posting 2.0 bWAR. He hit just five home runs and posted a .657 OPS and …Read the Rest
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