"Here's what I know," Russell told The Sports Junkies Thursday morning. "I knew the other day that he wasn't signing anywhere, least of all with Philadelphia, because he's got an unidentified team meeting with him in Las Vegas today."
"I have been told all along that Arizona was a team that he had wanted to go to," said Russell. "But they dumped out (Paul) Goldschmidt, they dumped out (A.J.) Pollock, who was a free agent.
"They seemingly are rebuilding, but Bryce had wanted to go there because of the proximity to Vegas, pretty good hitter's ballpark, Chase Field in Phoenix. And he just thought that would be a good, ideal location for him and his wife to build a family."