CHICAGO – Addison Russell’s next stop in his professional baseball career will not be here in America.
Instead the former Cubs shortstop, who was suspended 40 games for a violation of the MLB’s Domestic Violence Abuse Policy in 2019, will be playing in South Korea in 2020.
Per Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News and Jeff Passan of ESPN, the shortstop has signed a one-year, $530,000 deal to play for the Kiwoon Heroes of the KBO in South Korea.
Russell wasn’t tendered a contract the Cubs after the 2019 season, which was his last of five at the major league level with the franchise. He was suspended for the first part of the season due to a violation of the league’s domestic violence policy.
It stemmed from an essay from his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, written in September of 2018, which detailed allegations of abuse. These first surfaced in 2017 on an Instagram post, but there was no action taken against Russell at that time. After the essay, the Cubs put Russell on leave for the rest of the 2018 season.
After his suspension in 2019, Russell started the season in Triple-A Iowa before returning to the Cubs in May. In 82 games, he had a slash line of .237/.308/.291 with nine homers and 23 RBI.
Per Yoo, the Heroes did take into account his suspension in the MLB before signing him.