Cubs' free agent signings

Like most teams, the Cubs have hit home runs with some free agent signings and whiffed badly on others.



Here is a countdown-style list that was published in The Bleacher Report on March 11, 2010, under the headline, "The Top 10 Free Agent Signings in Chicago Cubs' History":

10. Jim Edmonds

9. Kevin Tapani

8. Mark DeRosa

7. Randy Myers

6. Moises Alou

5. Ted Lilly

4. Dave Kingman

3. Ryan Dempster

2. George Bell

1. Andre Dawson



How many of those 10 would you put on such a list today?

Dawson, of course. But would he still rank ahead of all others? Or might that honor go to Jon Lester.

Ben Zobrist clearly merits a spot.

Would you include Dexter Fowler? He was obtained in a trade with the Astros in 2015, but became a free agent after that season and reportedly was set to sign with the Orioles before agreeing to sign with the Cubs shortly before spring training began.

Yu Darvish certainly makes the grade.



Alfonso Soriano's absence from the 2010 list is puzzling. By then, in 3 seasons as a Cub, he had hit 82 home runs and had a slash line of .275/.328/.508. He ended his 7-year tenure with 181 homers while slashing .264/.317/.495.

Bell, in contrast, played exactly 1 year for the Cubs. He hit 25 homers and slashed .285/.323/.468.

Edmonds helped the Cubs win the division in 2008, but appeared in only 85 games, during which he homered 19 times and batted .256/.369/.568.



The Cubs' current roster contains multiple free agents who someday could deserve consideration for being among the team's top 10 signings, such as Cody Bellinger, Marcus Stroman, Seiya Suzuki, Dansby Swanson and Patrick Wisdom.

What would be your current top 10?

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