The Chicago Cubs stuck with Addison Russell for five seasons.
His off-field issues appeared to be too much as he was not tendered a contract for 2020. That has the young infielder on the market and teams are showing interest.
The Detroit Tigers are in a rebuilding phase and may be looking to speed things along by signing someone like Russell. Such a move would bring up debates of whether he is the best influence on a young team.
Russell served a suspension for domestic violence and the situation doomed his chances of staying in Chicago. He is only 25 years old and his talent is going to keep him in the league. That is the case in all professional sports, whether it is right or wrong.
Going to a team like the Tigers could allow Russell to be out of the spotlight for some time and he can rebuild his reputation. Russell made the All-Star Game back in 2016 when he was only 22 years old. Then came a decline on the field followed by the allegations of domestic violence.
He needs to not only restore his reputation, as much as he can, but he has to get back to his old playing ways to stay in the league for a full career.
Regardless of his play, there is a stain on his name that will never permanently go away. That is only his fault.