The Cubs are tendering shortstop Addison Russell who will miss the first 40 games of the 2019 season after being suspended for violating the leagues domestic violence policy.
“I accepted my suspension and did not appeal. I am responsible for my actions,” Russell said.
Russell said he has been complying with the MLB-MLBPA’s treatment plan, and has even meet with a therapist several times a week for the last two months, according to a Nov. 30 statement by Russell.
“With that therapy, I am attempting to improve myself by learning new outlooks and understanding different emotions,” he said.
According to the statement, Russell has met with Cubs owner Tom Rickets, and President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein.
Russell said the team set expectations for Russell, which he is “completely committed to meeting.”
Epstein also released a statement and said the team will become a small part of the solution for Russell, Melissa Reidy and the issue of domestic violence.
Epstein said the Cubs have been talking with Reidy and domestic violence experts on how to handle this situation.
“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 Cubs,” Epstein said.
Russell originally denied that he abused his ex-wife Melisa Reidy-Russell, as reported Sept. 21 by Five Three Sports.