CHICAGO — The Cubs have signed suspended shortstop Addison Russell to a one-year deal value $three.four million, avoiding an arbitration listening to.
Russell could make up to a complete of $four million with roster time incentives, pro-rated, after serving his suspension for violation of home abuse insurance policies.
Milwaukee won the crown. St. Louis is profitable the winter. However a quiet offseason doesn’t suggest Chicago is conceding the NL Central race.
Pitcher Jacob deGrom greater than doubled his wage as he reached a $17M take care of the Mets for 2019, breaking the document for a elevate for an arbitration-eligible participant.
Boston’s Mookie Betts, the AL MVP in 2018, will make $20 million subsequent season, which units a brand new arbitration-settlement normal for gamers with 4 or extra years of service.
Russell, 24, will miss the primary 28 video games of 2019 as a part of a 40-game suspension handed down late final season, after particulars emerged about abuse allegations stemming from his marriage to his former spouse.
The brand new contract is a $200,000 elevate from final season however nicely below what his deal might need appeared like if not for his troubles. A participant in good standing in Russell’s state of affairs could be due about $four.5 million for 2019.
Russell can be minimize from the staff for one-sixth of the $three.four million base wage. He may also make up to $600,000 in incentives if he is on the lively roster for up to 150 days.
After tendering him a contract in December, the Cubs mentioned they had been monitoring Russell’s off-the-field progress as he goes by way of counseling and remedy. To this point, he is met the staff and league’s calls for whereas providing his first public apology for his actions.
The Cubs additionally settled on 2019 contracts with Kris Bryant ($12.9 million), Javier Baez ($5.2 million) and Kyle Schwarber ($three.39 million), in addition to arbitration-eligible pitchers Mike Montgomery, Kyle Hendricks and Carl Edwards Jr.