Let's Make a Deal: The Chicago Cubs' 20 Best Transactions Since 1990

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2009

Let's Make a Deal: The Chicago Cubs' 20 Best Transactions Since 1990

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    CHICAGO - MAY 10:  Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Chicago Cubs bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 10, 2008 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

No. 20: Lance Johnson, Mark Clark, and Manny Alexander from the Mets for Brian McRae, Mel Rojas, and Turk Wendell

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    28 Mar 1998:  Outfielder Lance Johnson of the Chicago Cubs in action during a spring training game against the Texas Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers defeated the Cubs 14-10. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allspor

No. 19: Randall Simon from the Pirates for Ray Sadler

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    CHICAGO - OCTOBER 7:  First baseman Randall Simon #35 of the Chicago Cubs swings during game one of the National League Championship Series against the Florida Marlins on October 7, 2003 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Marlins won 9-8. (Photo b

No. 18: Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin from the A's for Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton, Eric Patterson, and Josh Donaldson

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    CHICAGO, IL- JULY 12:  Pitcher Rich Harden #40 of the Chicago Cubs pitches the baseball against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on July 12, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

No. 17: Jerome Williams and David Aardsma from the Giants for LaTroy Hawkins and cash

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    CHICAGO - APRIL 15: Relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins #32 of the Chicago Cubs is congratulated by catcher Michael Barrett #5 after finishing the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 15, 2004 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the

No. 16: Jim Edmonds Signs for a Prorated $290,000

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    MILWAUKEE - JULY 31:  Jim Edmonds #15 of the Chicago Cubs bats during their MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 31, 2008 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 11-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

No. 15: Reed Johnson Signs for One Year, $1.3 Million

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 18:  Reed Johnson #9 of the Chicago Cubs bats against the Chicago White Sox during the game on June 18, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

No. 14: Gary Gaetti Signs for a Prorated $170,000

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    12 Apr 1999:  Gary Gaetti #8 of the Chicago Cubs at bat during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at the Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Reds defeated the Cubs 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Stockman  /Allsport

No. 13: Randy Myers Signs for Three Years, $11.7 Million

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    30 Jun 1993:  Pitcher Randy Myers of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during a game against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California.  Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn  /Allsport

No. 12: Glenallen Hill Claimed Off Waivers from the Mariners

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    22 Apr 2000:  Glenallen Hill #6 of the Chicago Cubs at bat during the game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Mets defeated the Cubs 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Ezra O. Shaw  /Allsport

No. 11: Rod Beck Signs for One Year, $3.6 Million

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    18 Apr 1999: Pitcher Rod Beck #47 of the Chicago Cubs winds back to throw the ball during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at the County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Stockman  /Allspor

No. 10: Kevin Tapani Signs for Three Years, $11.25 Million

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    7 Jun 2001:  Pitcher Kevin Tapani #36 of the Chicago Cubs getting ready to throw the ball during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  The Cubs defeated the Cardinals 4-3.Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsp

No. 9: Henry Rodriguez from the Expos for Miguel Batista

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    15 Mar 2000:  Henry Rodriguez #40 of the Chicago Cubs at bat during the Spring Training Game against the Milwaukee Brewers at the HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 10-4. Mandatory Credit: Donald Miralle  /Allsport

No. 8: Joe Borowski Signs for Two Years, $645,000

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 5:  Closer Joe Borowski #48 of the Chicago Cubs pumps his fist after the victory over the Atlanta Braves in game five of their National League Division Series on October 5, 2003 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Cubs defeated the

No. 7: Moises Alou Signs for Three Years, $25 Million

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 4:  Moises Alou #18 of the Chicago Cubs watches the flight of the ball as he follows through on a swing during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on June 4, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. The Pirates defeated the Cubs 2-1.

No. 6: Eric Karros and Mark Grudzileanek from the Dodgers for Todd Hundley and Chad Hermansen

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 11:  Todd Hundley #9 of the Chicago Cubs walks on the field during their game against the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois on August 11, 2002. Cubs defeated the Astros 6-4. (Photo by:  Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

No. 5: Ryan Dempster Signs for One Year, $300,000

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 17:  Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the pitch against the Chicago White Sox on June 17, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

No. 4: Jon Lieber from the Pirates for Brant Brown

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    14 Apr 2001:  Jon Lieber #32 of the Chicago Cubs lines up the pitch during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Pirates 7-6.Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport

No. 3: Derrek Lee from the Marlins for Hee Seop Choi and Mike Nannini

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04:  Derrek Lee #25 of the Chicago Cubs doubles to left in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Three of the NLDS during the 2008 MLB playoffs on October 4, 2008 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

No. 2: Sammy Sosa and Ken Patterson from the White Sox for George Bell

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    ST. LOUIS - JULY 10:  Sammy Sosa #21 of the Chicago Cubs swings at the pitch during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 10, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals won 5-2.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

No. 1: Aramis Ramirez, Kenny Lofton, and cash from the Pirates for Jose Hernandez, Bobby Hill, and Matt Bruback

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 20:  Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Chicago Cubs follows his home run hit during the game against the Chicago White Sox on June 20, 2008 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the White Sox 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty
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