Although consensus among the Cubs fanbase suggests that non-tendering Addison Russell was the correct decision, there are many reasons why retaining him made sense.
While fans have yet to see President Theo Epstein trade from the MLB roster much recently, that will change this offseason.
With a significant amount of money coming off the books and a strong class of free agents, there’s multiple routes the Cubs can go to address their weaknesses.
If you compare Heyward’s offensive numbers at leadoff to the two months prior, it’s a significant downward trend in production.
Nick Castellanos and Ian Happ have provided a much-needed jolt to the Cubs’ offensive lineup.