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Cubs offer contract to shortstop Addison Russell while he’s suspended over domestic violence allegations

Cubs offer contract to shortstop Addison Russell while he’s suspended over domestic violence allegations
Addison Russell is serving a 40-game domestic violence suspension following allegations by his ex-wife. (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)

The Chicago Cubs have offered suspended shortstop Addison Russell a 2019 contract while maintaining that his future with the team is not certain.

Russell is serving a 40-game domestic violence suspension following allegations by his ex-wife.

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Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, said in a statement Friday the “procedural step” did not “represent the finish line nor rubber-stamp his future” with the team.

Teams had a deadline Friday to offer contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters.

Russell accepted a 40-game suspension in October for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The decision followed allegations made by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy. Though Russell has denied the allegations, he apologized to Reidy and his family for “my past behavior.”

Russell had a $3.2-million salary last season. His unpaid suspension includes the 11 regular-season games he missed after being placed on administrative leave Sept. 21. Russell will be eligible to return May 3 against St. Louis, barring any postponements.

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