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Addison Russell Will Be Playing Baseball Again Before His Former Teammates

Chicago Cubs

In a twist that – like so many other things this year – would’ve been seen as absolutely impossible back in February, former Cubs infielder Addison Russell is going to be playing pro baseball this year before any of his former teammates. That, despite the fact that he went the entire offseason without being able to find a job after the Cubs non-tendered him in November.

It’s because he’s found a gig in the KBO, where they have actually managed to play baseball this year:

Russell, 26, was suspended under the league’s domestic violence policy in late 2018, and the Cubs elected to keep him into the 2019 season, saying in part that they felt an obligation to be part of the process of dealing with domestic violence issues. Russell’s downward trajectory of performance since his first two seasons continued, however, and combined with repeated lapses in the field (which at one point led to a demotion to Iowa), the entire year was sufficiently disastrous to lead to his non-tender and no job to be found in MLB.

So now Russell will get to play pro baseball in South Korea, make some money, and attempt to rehab his career for a shot to return to MLB in the future.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.