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

Jesse Reed
Courtesy of ESPN.com: 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.