Theo Epstein releases statement on non-tender of Addison Russell


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Addison Russell will not play for the Cubs in 2020 (David Kohl - USA Today Sports)
Addison Russell will not play for the Cubs in 2020 (David Kohl - USA Today Sports)

Cubs President of Operations Theo Epstein released the following statement about the non-tender of Addison Russell on Monday.

We decided to non-tender Addison Russell today simply because the role we expected him to play for the 2020 Cubs was inconsistent with how he would have been treated in the salary arbitration process."

Since we decided to tender Addison a contract last November, he has lived up to his promise to put in the important self-improvement work necessary off the field and has shown growth as a person, as a partner, as a parent and as a citizen.

We hope and believe that Addison’s work and growth will continue, and we have offered our continued support of him and his family, including (ex-wife) Melisa.

In the last year, the organization has also put in the important work necessary to bolster our domestic violence prevention training for all employees, all major league players, all minor league players and all staff.

We also offered healthy relationship workshops for the players' partners and provided intensive, expert domestic violence prevention training for player-facing staff. This heightened training and our increased community involvement on the urgent issue of domestic violence prevention will continue indefinitely. We wish Addison and his family well.

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