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Ben Zobrist’s future with the Cubs remains unclear amid divorce filings

Ben Zobrist’s future with the Cubs remains unclear amid divorce filings

Ben Zobrist's filing contends that his wife "has been guilty of inappropriate marital conduct which render further cohabitation impossible", tennessean.com reported, though the article did not elaborate.

Ben filed for legal separation Monday in Williamson County, Tenn., where the couple keeps an offseason home in a Nashville suburb, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday, while Julianna filed in Cook County, Ill., also on Monday.

Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist will remain on a personal leave of absence from the team indefinitely amid a divorce. Marital assets for the goal of divorce proceedings in some states are determined at the date of filing.

Julianna, 34, is a professional singer, and has performed the National Anthem at several Cubs games.

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When asked by reporters when he expected Zobrist to return, Maddon said he had "no indication". It is not known whether he is receiving his salary - $12MM this season, his final under contract in Chicago - during his absence.

Details of the matter are really not of interest from a baseball perspective, but Zobrist's absence does have an obvious impact on the Cubs' roster situation. He was with Kansas City when it won the World Series in 2015 and then joined the Cubs in time for their World Series win.

The Zobrists have three children together and their own accomplished careers.

In 26 games this season, Zobrist is slashing.241/.343/.253.