15 worst Chicago Cubs free agent signings in franchise history
12. Willie Greene - 1 Year, $395K (2000)
Again, most of the lower-ranking players on this list, thankfully, were short-term signings that didn't significantly derail bigger picture plans. Willie Greene fits the bill in that regard. In the final year of his nine-year MLB career, the former first-round pick didn't bring much to the table, managing just a .654 OPS for the 2000 Cubs.
Instead of emerging as a third base solution for Chicago, Greene just never figured it out - despite being just 28 years old - and after his disappointing season, he never played another big league game.
Of course, the entire 2000 Cubs team was pretty disappointing, losing 95 games. Really, this roster was Sammy Sosa and company. The former NL MVP put up a 161 OPS+, but only he and Mark Grace played more than 100 games with an OPS+ north of 100. A disappointing offense and lackluster pitching staff culminated in a forgetful season in Wrigleyville.