This past season, Melisa Reidy, the ex-wife of Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell, alleged he committed various acts of domestic abuse, both mental and physicalFollowing an MLB investigation, Russell was suspended for the first 40 games of the 2019 season. Russell and the Cubs both issued statements regarding the suspension, with Russell vowing to improve as a person.


However, more disturbing allegations continue to sprout from women other than Reidy. Mallory Engstrom, who also has a child with Russell, took to her Instagram story to let the world know her story.

While Russell has (seemingly) recently taken positive steps to amend the situation with Reidy, the Cubs cannot afford to be wasting their time and energy dealing with Russell's drama while their championship window is still open. Not only that, but they should not be employing a person like this. It's a bad look for the team and for the MLB. He's now been accused one too many times.


On top of that, over the past two years the Cubs have regularly had to worry about Russell's mental state as he dealt with the allegations. During this time, Russell played terribly. Once thought of as a future perennial MVP candidate, Russell has only raked in 81 RBI over the past two seasons -- 14 fewer than what he had in 2015 alone.


With Russell's production dropping off, he is no longer an All-Star-caliber player. Instead, the only real impact that Russell has on the Cubs is forcing his teammates to answer questions about his past mistakes.


The Cubs recently signed Daniel Descalso, a super-utility man that can help replace him if need be.

With Descalso, Javier Baez, Ben Zobrist, David Bote, and Ian Happ already forming an overcrowded middle infield, there's no sense in retaining a player who serves as a major distraction to a team with a World Series-or-bust mentality.


But forget about his production -- Russell is clearly not someone you want representing your organization in any capacity based on this alleged behavior.