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 physical.
The mother of Addison Russell’s daughter, Mallory Engstrom, has come out to express & share some personal stories involving her & Addison’s relationship via Instagram.— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) December 19, 2018
This is another woman being put through hell by Addison aside from Melisa Reidy - who he domestically abused. pic.twitter.com/qjOuCupMC7
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.