Russell has been banned for 40 games at the beginning of the season 2019, after a series of allegations made by the ex-wife Melisa Reidy. When he returned to the Cubs in May of this year, Russell has batted a career-low .237 with nine homers and 23 rbis.
Hero director general Kim Chi-hyun told Yonhap News Agency that they have done their background work on Russell and talked with his agent, Scott Boras.
Russell, who has hit 21 home runs and drove in 95 runs during his All-Star season in 2016, will play shortstop and second base, Yonhap reported. It will take the place of player Taylor Motter.