Cubs tender contract to Addison Russell amid 40-game domestic violence ban

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The Cubs on Friday tendered a contract to suspended shortstop Addison Russell, who is eligible for arbitration.

Russell, 25, will miss the first month of the season after accepting a 40-game suspension late in 2018 after his ex-wife Melisa Reidy accused him of domestic abuse in a blog post. From the start, the Cubs have said they want to see Russell get help while also being a positive force on the issue.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Although the Cubs tendered him a contract for next year, it still doesn’t mean Russell will suit up for them again. The move before Friday’s deadline simply prevented Russell, who made $4.3 million last season, from becoming a free agent.

“While this decision leaves the door open for Addison to later make an impact for us on the field, it does not represent the finish line nor rubber-stamp his future as a Cub,” team president Theo Epstein said in a statement. “It does however reflect our support for him as long as he continues to make progress.”10

The Cubs also tendered six other players: Kris Bryant, Kyle Hendricks, Carl Edwards Jr, Mike Montgomery, Kyle Schwarber and Javy Baez

They nontendered Ronald Torreyes, whom they just traded for on Wednesday, as well as pitchers Justin Hancock and Allan Webster.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Russell issued a statement Friday offering his “heartfelt apology” to his family, his ex-wife and the team for “letting them down” with his past behavior.

“Since accepting my suspension, I’ve had time to reflect on my past behavior and think about the next steps I need to take to grow as a person,” Russell said. “… I am just in the early stages of this process. It is work that goes far beyond being a baseball player — it goes to my core values of being the best family man, partner, and teammate that I can be, and giving back to the community and the less fortunate.

“While there is a lot of work ahead for me to earn back the trust of the Cubs fans, my teammates, and the entire organization, it’s work that I am 110 percent committed to doing.”