Since the inception of free agency in Major League Baseball during the mid 1970s, the winter off-season months of America's pastime have been filled with speculation, anticipation and hope for baseball fans.
Who can forget the impact made by Reggie Jackson in the 1977 season upon signing with the New York Yankees? Jackson signed what was considered a monstrous deal ($2.9 million for five years) prior to the 1977 season, and went on to become "Mr. October" later that year.
Future Hall of Famers like Barry Bonds, Greg Maddux, Nolan Ryan, Manny Ramirez and Catfish Hunter all managed to be instrumental pieces in the growth and eventual success of new teams thanks to free agency.
For the Chicago Cubs, the result has all too often been less than stellar. Granted the Cubs have acquired great players via free agency, but more times than not the Cubs have found themselves on the wrong side of a major deal.
In the history of Cubs free agency, there has been only one player acquired that has gone on to win any sort of major award or be inducted into Cooperstown: Andre Dawson.
Among numerous factors that have resulted in the Cubs' century-plus of futility, poor free agent signing has been one of the largest.
Here are the ten worst free agent signings in the history of the Chicago Cubs.