The Cubs have non-tendered infielderAddison Russell, per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sunlight-Occasions (via Twitter). LeftyDanny Hultzenwas also not tendered a contract, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian provides on Twitter.
This finishes a scandalous Cubs tenure for Russell, who came to the crew as a possible shortstop of the long term in a blockbuster trade with the Athletics in 2014. Russell was an elite prospect at the time, but his generation as a Cub in no way achieved that degree (even in the course of their Globe Series-successful campaign in 2016), and a forty-activity suspension for domestic violence in 2018-19 marred the tail conclude of his time in Chicago.
The Cubs stuck with Russell in 2019, when he hit .237/.308/.391 with 9 house operates in 241 plate appearances, but withJavier BaezandNico Hoerneramongst their leading middle infield possibilities, they’ve decided to go in a further route in its place of shelling out the 25-year-old a projected $5.1MM in his 2nd-very last year of arbitration. Nonetheless, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein supplied a favourable evaluation of Russell on letting him go, for each Patrick Mooney of The Athletic (by using Twitter).
“Since we determined to tender Addison a deal past November, he has lived up to his assure to set in the vital self-improvement do the job required off the field and has shown growth as a person, as a husband or wife, as a guardian and as a citizen,”stated Epstein.
Like Russell, Hultzen’s a previous stud prospect whose time in the majors has not gone in accordance to system. Injuries have been ruinous to the thirty-year-previous Hultzen, a former to start with-spherical choose of the Mariners who didn’t debut in the bigs right until this previous year. Hultzen totaled just three 1/3 innings as a member of the Cubs, with whom he didn’t let a run and put up 5 strikeouts versus two walks. But that was not ample to convince the Cubs, who have moved on from Hultzen.