The Chicago Cubs would be wise to move on from Addison Russell now, especially given how guys on the major league squad have played.
Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been a controversial figure for the team ever since his ex-wife released information on his domestic abuse. She came out a couple times actually claiming his abuse, with a lengthy blog post that is honestly really tough for me to read.
Russell was handed a 40 game suspension from Major League Baseball and accepted it without an appeal. Addison came over to the Cubs in the Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija deal in July 2014. At the time, he was ranked as the third best prospect in baseball according to ESPN. He was called up shortly after Kris Bryant in the 2015 season and slashed 0.242/0.307/0.389 in his rookie season.
Russell had arguably his best season in 2016 when he slashed 0.238/0.321/0.417 to go along with 21 home runs and 95 runs-batted-in. He played a key role in bringing a championship to the north side of town, hitting a grand slam in Game 6 of the World Series that ultimately forced a Game 7.
After that season though, Russell had a significant drop-off in production slashing 0.250/0.317/0.340 with just five home runs in 2018. It was as if something else was weighing on his mind. He is eligibile to return to the major league squad around May 1st, but the Cubs would be smart to move on from him now.
Here are three potential trade partners.