The Cubs have drafted players and they may not have been so good, so they were either traded or signed by another team and became great for them.
The same has happened the other way around. A player drafted or signed by a team and then traded to the Cubs, or the Cubs picked them up and they became great for the Northsiders.
Now I said I wouldn't make anymore slides because my last one was bad, but here is... 6 Cubs. 3 came here and were great, 3 started here and then became great somewhere else.
Derrek Lee. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 1st round of the 1993 amateur draft. He was traded to the Marlins in December of 1997.
With Florida he was an average player until 2003 when he was 27th in MVP voting and won his 1st Gold Glove. He hit 31 homers and batted .271.
Then in the off-season he was traded to the Cubs. He quickly became a fan-favorite in Chicago in 2004 when he batted .278 and hit 32 homers.
In 2005, he had the best year of his career where he was third in MVP voting, won his second Gold Glove, and the Silver Slugger award.
He was out for most of 2006 with injuries and his daughter's illness. In 2007 he won his third Gold Glove. Then last year in 2008 he was 21st in MVP voting.
SS - 2005
GG - 2003, 05, 07
All-Star - 2005, 07
Derrek Lee - No. 3 - Drafted by a team and became great with the Cubs.
Sammy Sosa. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Texas Rangers in 1985. He spent 1989 playing for Texas and the Chicago White Sox.
In 1992 he was traded to the Cubs where he became a Superstar. From 92-94 he was stealing bases and starting to hit 20+ homers in 93-94.
In 1993 and 1995 he had 30-30 seasons. 30 homers and 30 stolen bases.
In 1995 he was 8th in MVP voting and won the Silver Slugger award. In 96 and 97 he was 15th and 19th in MVP voting.
Then came 1998. The year two guys changed Baseball. With Baseball falling apart Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire were in a home run chase that beat the all-time single season home run record.
McGuire had the most with 70, but Sammy had 66 and won the MVP and his 2nd Silver Slugger. The next two years he was 9th in MVP voting and won the Silver Slugger both years.
He also hit 63 homers in 1999, his 2nd year to do so. In 2001 he was 2nd in MVP voting, but he won the Silver Slugger again. He also hit 64 homers. He is the only player in Baseball to hit 60+ homers in 3 seasons.
In 2002 he won his 6th Silver Slugger. In 2003 he was 8th in MVP voting. He didnt play so well in 2004 and was traded to Baltimore in the off-season. In 2005 he did not have a very good year with the Orioles and he did not play in 2006.
He returned to Texas in 2007 where he came the 5th player to hit 600 homers. He hit 600 off his former team the Chicago Cubs, and the pitcher Jason Marquis who is the 1st player to wear #21 since Sammy's departure.
MVP - 1998
Roberto Clemente Award - 1998
Hank Aaron Award - 1999
SS - 1995. 98, 99, 00, 01, 02
All-Star - 1995, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 04
He is my favorite all-time player and i believe one day he will be in the Hall of Fame.
Sammy Sosa - No, 2 - Signed by a team and became great with the Cubs.
Ryne Sandberg. He was drafted by the Phillies in the 20th round of the 1978 amateur draft. In 1982 he was traded to the Cubs and became a legend. He was 6th in ROTY voting in 1982.
In 1983 he won his 1st Gold Glove. Then in 1984 he won the MVP award, Silver Slugger award, and his 2nd Gold Glove.
In 1985 he was 13th in MVP voting but won the Silver Slugger for a 2nd straight year and won his 3rd straight Gold Glove. Then from 1986-1988 he earned his 4th, 5th, and 6th Gold Glove.
He also won his 3rd Silver Slugger in 88. In 1989 and 90 he was 4th in MVP voting, he earned his 7th and 8th Gold Glove and his 4th, 5th Silver Slugger. In 1991, he won his 9th Gold Glove and his 6th Silver Slugger. In 92 he won his 7th Silver Slugger.
He retired in 1997 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.
MVP - 1984
SS - 1984, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92
GG - 1983, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91
All-Star - 1984, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93
Ryne Sandberg - No. 1 - Drafted by a team and became great with the Cubs.
Joe Carter. He was drafted by the Cubs in the 1st round of the 1981 amateur draft. He was traded to the Indians in June of 1984. In 1986, his 3rd year as an Indian, he had 121 RBI and finished 9th in the MVP voting.
From 1988-90 he finished 20th, 16th, and 17th in MVP voting. His best 2 years came in 1991 and 1992 where he finished 4th and 3rd in MVP voting. In both years he won the Silver Slugger Award.
Those were also his first two years with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1993 he was 12th in MVP voting and 10th in 1994. He played in Toronto until 1998. He started the 98 season in Baltimore and was traded to San Francisco in July.
The biggest hit of his career came on Oct. 23, 1993. It was Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. 2 runners on and 1 out in the bottom of the ninth, Joe Carter hit a game-winning 3-run homer to win the World Series.
SS - 1991, 92
All-Star - 1991, 92, 93, 94, 96
World Series Champion - 1992, 93
Joe Carter - No. 3 - Drafted by the Cubs and became great with another team.
Lou Brock. He was signed by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1960. He had 20 homers, 50 stolen bases, and 261 strikeouts in 4 seasons with the Cubs.
Then in June 1964 he was traded to the rival St. Louis Cardinals where he certainly became great. In his first full year with the Cardinals he had 63 stolen bases, 13 more then he had in 4 years with the Cubs.
In 1966-68 he finished 27th, 7th, and 8th in MVP voting. He led the majors in those 3 years in stolen bases with 74, 52, and 63.
He led with 53 in 1969. From 1971-74 he led the majors in stolen bases and was 13th, 15th, 6th, and 2nd in MVP voting.
The next two years he finished 21st and 25th in MVP voting. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.
Babe Ruth Award - 1967
MLB Player of the Year - 1974
Roberto Clemente Award - 1975
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award - 1977
Hutch Award - 1979
All-Star - 1967, 71, 72, 74, 75, 79
World Series Champion - 1964, 67
Lou Brock - No. 2 - Signed by the Cubs and became great with another team.
Greg Maddux - He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 2nd round of the 1984 amateur draft. He played with the Cubs from 1986-1992.
Now he was great with the Cubs and then they didn't re-sign him and he remained great with another team.
He was third in Cy Young voting in 1988. In 1990-91 he won his first 2 Gold Gloves. In 1992, his last year with the Cubs in his first stint he won the Cy Young, finished 11 in MVP voting and won his 3rd Gold Glove.
In his first three years with the Atlanta Braves he won the Cy Young, finished 13th, 5th, and 3rd in MVP voting and won his 4th, 5th, and 6th Gold Glove.
His next 3 years with Atlanta were just about as good as his first 3. He finished 5th, 2nd, and 4th in Cy Young voting, he was 12th in MVP voting in 1997, and won his 7th, 8th, and 9th Gold Gloves. He won his 10th Gold Glove in 1999.
In 2000 he had a similar year to 1997, finishing 3rd in Cy Young voting, 12th in MVP, and won his 11th Gold Glove. The next 2 years he won his 12th and 13th Gold Glove. 2003 was his last year with the Braves and he came back to Chicago in 2004.
In his 2nd stint with the Cubs he won his 14th and 15th Gold Glove. He was traded to the Dodgers on July 31, 2006. He won Gold Glove number 16 in 2006.
He played with San Diego in 2007-08 and won his 17th and 18th Gold Gloves. Maddux has the most Gold Gloves MLB history with 18.
Cy Young Award - 1992, 93, 94, 95
GG - 1990, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
All-Star - 1988, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 00
Greg Maddux - No. 1 - Drafted by the Cubs and great with another team.
Well that's it. The 3 players that came to the Cubs and were great, and the 3 players that started with the Cubs and were great on another team.
Derrek Lee - Sammy Sosa - Ryne Sandberg
Joe Carter - Lou Brock - Greg Maddux
Hope you like it.