The Chicago Cubs offered suspended shortstop Addison Russell a 2019 contract while maintaining Friday his future with the team is not certain.

Russell is serving a 40-game domestic violence suspension following allegations by his ex-wife.

President of baseball operations Theo Epstein called the decision a "procedural step" and said it "does not represent the finish line nor rubber-stamp his future" with them.

"It does however reflect our support for him as long as he continues to make progress and demonstrates his commitment to these important issues," Epstein added.

 

Happy to retire 

Adrian Beltre went into this offseason pretty sure he had played his last game after 21 big-league seasons. While he will miss baseball, Beltre says he is happy about his decision to retire.

Beltre, who spent the last eight seasons of his Hall of Fame-caliber career with the Texas Rangers, said goodbye Friday in a laugh-filled news conference at the ballpark where the four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove third baseman joined the 3,000-hit club in 2017.

There were no tears from the 39-year-old Beltre, who 10 days earlier had announced his decision.

The room was filled with current and former teammates, including Elvis Andrus, Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Ian Kinsler. Beltre's wife and three children sat on the front row.

 

Around the bases

Speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton became a free agent when the Cincinnati Reds failed to offer a 2019 contract by Friday's deadline.…The Atlanta Braves have agreed to terms with left-hander Jonny Venters on a nonguaranteed contract worth $2.25 million.…The Milwaukee Brewers allowed former All-Star second baseman Jonathan Schoop to go free, failing to offer a 2019 contract.…The Minnesota Twins and first baseman C.J. Cron have agreed on a $4.8 million, one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration.…Reliever Alex Colome was acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the payroll-shedding Seattle Mariners for catcher Omar Narvaez.…Liam Hendricks agreed to a $2.15 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics and fellow right-hander Ryan Dull settled on an $860,000, one-year deal.…The Boston Red Sox agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg on a one-year deal worth $1.75 million.…Right-hander Jesse Chavez finalized an $8 million, two-year contract with the Texas Rangers, returning to the team that traded him to the Chicago Cubs last July.