27-year-old shortstop Addison Russell was once a can’t miss prospect who etched his name in baseball lore as the starting shortstop on the Cubs team that ended the 108-year Curse of the Billy Goat. He was an NL All-Star at only 22 years of age. But even then, that season he hit .238 with a .738 OPS.
Russell spent five years in the Majors, posting a solid 10.7 WAR, but only 60 homeruns and a .312 on-base clip. The last two seasons were extremely underwhelming providing a .671 OPS.
The issues with Russell that led to his exit of the Majors goes far beyond his production on the field, however. In June of 2017, Russell’s ex-wife filed for divorce and there was a domestic violence claim. He was suspended for forty games following an MLB investigation and opted not to appeal the suspension.
He later signed with the Kiwoom Heroes who have now opted not to bring him back, though the reasoning isn’t noted. In 271 PA, he hit just two homeruns to a .254 average.
It’s not likely the Russell is eyeing an MLB return due to his off-field presence combined with his poor statistics in the KBO.