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

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Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
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When the Cubs signed former Texas Ranger Mark DeRosa for $2.7 million before the 2007 season, some thought they were overpaying for a utility guy. But the Cubs saw value in DeRosa, especially as a middle infielder. They got a bit more than were expecting.

DeRosa had shown some moderate power in his Texas days. But he found his power stroke in Chicago, clubbing 21 home runs in 2008.

But DeRosa’s versatility proved key for the Cubs teams of 2007-2008. DeRosa came to play second but ended up playing every position but pitcher, catcher and center field for the Cubs. That the Cubs could count on DeRosa’s consistent bat from just about any position made him a great value for the money he received.

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