Report: Cubs cut ties with Addison Russell, won’t re-sign him

Courtesy of Chicago’s recent acquisition of Addison Russell could make Castro available.

The Chicago Cubs will move on without embattled infielder Addison Russell, who was reportedly let go Monday and won’t receive a new contract next year.

This breaking news comes by way of Patrick Mooney of The Athletic:

Russell, of course, was suspended 40 games by MLB in 2018 for violating its domestic violence policy.

The Cubs took some heat for bringing him back in 2019. In the end, it’s a decision the organization appears to regret. Likely, it’s due to the fact that Russell hasn’t been playing like the star he was before the suspension, hitting .237 with a .699 OPS in 82 games. 

In addition to his lack of production, Russell was demoted and admitted he didn’t even know some of his team’s signs — illustrating a ghastly lack of focus.