By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Addison Russell took a prove-it deal. However, the offer did not come from Major League Baseball.
He received the offer from the Korean Baseball Organization. It is a one-year deal worth $530,000 with the Kiwoom Heroes.
The KBO has been going on for nearly a month and has been featured on ESPN. All of their games are on in the early morning hours on the Worldwide Leader in Sports.
Russell will not be allowed to join his team right away. Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, he will have to self quarantine for 14 days before he will be able to join his new teammates in July.
The Heroes may play Russell at third base, as they already have two talented infielders at second base and shortstop.
Presently, Kiwoom is fourth in the standings. They are 24-17 on the season— four games behind the league-leading NC Dinos.
The 26-year-old Pensacola, Florida native previously played with the Chicago Cubs in the MLB. His career has been going downhill since his lone All-Star appearance in 2016.
He appeared in 82 games last season. Also, last season, he served a 40-game suspension for violating the MLB’s domestic violence policy.
During the 2019 season, Russell had a .237 batting average with nine home runs and 23 RBIs through the aforementioned 82 games.
Russell has four hits and one triple in 51 hits over 215 at-bats.
In his five-year MLB career, he had a .242 batting average with 60 home runs and 253 RBIs in 615 games. Russell also had 100 doubles and nine triples in 480 hits over 1,987 at-bats.
He also struck out 532 times and 186 walks.