The Chicago Cubs stepped up and signed Hundley to a four year contract for $23.5 million. Unfortunately this was a huge mistake for the Cubs.
In his first year Hundley batted .187 with only 12 home runs. Shortly the Cubs fans turned against him and he became a target for criticism.
The second-year was no better. He batted .211 with 16 home runs. By the end of the second year, the Cubs and the fans were so dissatisfied that he was traded back to the Dodgers. Both teams disposed of large contracts they no longer wanted.
In 2003, Hundley played in only 21 games with the Dodgers. He was released and never played again. Despite not playing in 2004, the Dodgers still had to pay him $7 million. To further dampen the story, the Mitchell Reports showed that Hundley Purchased performance-enhancing drugs before his record-breaking (41-home run) year in 1996.
About the 4-year contract with the Cubs, Hundley only played full-time for two years and never hit over .211. In the last two seasons, he played in a total of 21 games. Between the Cubs and Dodgers, he received the full payment of his contract for very poor performance.