Newest On Addison Russell
DECEMBER 6: A supply tells Chris McCosky of the Detroit Information (Twitter hyperlink) that the Tigers “don’t have any curiosity” in Russell.
DECEMBER 5: The Tigers are among the many groups fascinated by free-agent center infielder Addison Russell, Jon Heyman of MLB Community tweets. Russell joined the open market when the Cubs non-tendered him Monday.
There isn’t any denying Russell is a serious league-caliber center infielder, however the vital baggage he comes with doubtless helped affect the Cubs to maneuver on from him. The 25-year-old Russell sat out the early portion of final season after the league issued him a 40-game suspension for a violation of its home violence coverage in October 2018. As soon as Russell got here again from that alarming ban, opposing pitchers dealt with him. The previous prime prospect managed a weak .237/.308/.391 line with 9 dwelling runs throughout 241 plate appearances.
The Cubs, led by president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, have spoken nicely of Russell since they moved on from him. However, he most likely gained’t do all that nicely in free company, which helps make the rebuilding Tigers a match for Russell. They don’t determine to spend that a lot in free company after a 47-win marketing campaign. Normal supervisor Al Avila has indicated that utilityman Niko Goodrum’s the favourite to man quick in 2020, however even when that’s true, the Tigers have a transparent want at second base. Russell has vital expertise at each positions.