Chicago Cubs: Who were the best free agent bargains in franchise history?

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At the start of 2008, Jim Edmonds looked washed up. Then 38-years old, Edmonds seemed past his glory days of smashing home runs and flying across center field for the Angels and Cardinals. By the end of April, the San Diego Padres had seen enough and cut the aging slugger loose.

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At the same time, the Cubs were realizing that unless they found a center fielder, they’re playoff hopes would be washed up. So with very little to lose, they dangled a contract in front of Edmonds (who had been a Cubs’ tormentor for years as a member of the Cardinals).

Edmonds was excited about joining a contending team and signed with the Cubs for a big discount.

For a time, the “Jimmy Baseball” of old returned, as Edmonds slashed his way to a .939 OPS will hitting 19 home runs in just 298 plate appearances. He didn’t have the same range in center as he once did. But he provided a steady presence in the Cubs outfield and was a huge contributor to the Cubs’ playoff team.

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