You'll never guess who turned in the worst season for the Cubs since 2000

Cubs fans remember this big right-hander for his takedown of Paul Wilson - but this player has a place in Cubs history for another reason, as well.

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Since 2000, there have been a lot of highs and lows for the Chicago Cubs. We've seen teams that flirted with the franchise record for losses in a single season and we've seen a 108-year drought erased. We've rooted for teams dripping with talent and others that, well, at least we knew they'd be on everyday as our unofficial soundtrack of summer.

But on those losing teams, there were some, frankly, just really bad players. Milton Bradley always comes to mind. Augie Ojeda wasn't very good near the turn of the century. Who could forget the ill-fated Edwin Jackson experiment early on in the Theo Epstein era? But none of them take the cake for the single worst season by a Cubs player: that honor belongs to Kyle Farnsworth who, in 2002, turned in a -2.5 WAR season out of the Chicago bullpen.

That's not just the worst season this century by a Cubs player. It's the eighth-worst of any player in the last 23 years. And it's pretty wild to see guys like Roy Halladay, Barry Zito and Brad Lidge make appearances on this list, too.

2002 was a forgettable year for the Cubs and Kyle Farnsworth

But let's go back to that 2002 season, when Farnsworth looked to be one of the key pieces heading into camp. The 25-year-old was coming off a breakout 2001 campaign in which he made 76 appearances, working to a 2.74 ERA, 2.81 FIP and 11.7 K/9 for the Cubs. To say he fell short of matching that output would be a massive understatement.

Farnsworth made a few April appearances and was effective, but was then sidelined the next two months, not pitching again until early June. He was erratic the rest of the season, coughing up four runs in six different appearances that summer, blowing three leads and a pair of saves, to boot.

When the dust settled and we closed the book on a brutal 67-95 season, the right-hander had made 45 appearances, with a 7.33 ERA, 5.10 FIP and 10.2 H/9. Thankfully, the Cubs kept him around for 2003 because, had they not, we wouldn't have been blessed with the infamous takedown of Reds pitcher Paul Wilson that year.

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