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Postby miller24 » Thu Dec 18, 2003 6:57 pm

MLB.com reports... CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs found the left-handed bat they wanted, signing free-agent outfielder Todd Hollandsworth to a one-year contract Thursday.
Hollandsworth was the second southpaw the Cubs added in a matter of hours. Earlier in the day, they signed free-agent left-handed reliever Kent Mercker to a one-year deal.

Hollandsworth, 30, has played in the Major Leagues since 1995 with Los Angeles (1995-2000), Colorado (2000-2002), Texas (2002) and Florida (2003).

In 93 games in 2003, the outfielder batted .254 with 29 extra-base hits and 20 RBIs. He is needed primarily as a backup in left and center.



MLB.com reports... CHICAGO -- Kent Mercker got a closeup look at the Chicago Cubs during the National League Division Series and liked what he saw.
Mercker, a free-agent reliever, signed a one-year contract Thursday with the Cubs.

The Cubs were heading into the 2004 season with only one left-hander, Mike Remlinger, in the bullpen, and he was coming off of arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has said Remlinger will be ready for Spring Training, but still wanted another lefty to set up closer Joe Borowski.

Mercker, 35, split last season between Cincinnati and Atlanta and posted a 1.95 ERA in 67 games. Opponents batted .227 against him, and lefties hit .222.



Great News Cub Fans! All we need now is I-ROD! :-D
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Thu Dec 18, 2003 7:02 pm

Good moves by the Cubbies..... ;-D
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Thu Dec 18, 2003 7:05 pm

but the other moves I am not so sure about....Gary Glover, Jamey Wright and Bill Selby..... :-o
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Postby wrveres » Thu Dec 18, 2003 8:05 pm

dusty just loves those ex Dodgers .... :-)
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Postby Guest » Thu Dec 18, 2003 8:17 pm

Like both the Hollandsworth and Mercker signings. The others are no risk guys, if they don't perform they'll be cut.

As long as the 2004 rotation is Prior,Wood,Zambrano,Clement,Cruz. I don't care who they sign.
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Postby bloatedcrab » Thu Dec 18, 2003 11:27 pm

Who the heck is Bill Selby?
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Postby mikcou » Thu Dec 18, 2003 11:41 pm

Anonymous wrote:Like both the Hollandsworth and Mercker signings. The others are no risk guys, if they don't perform they'll be cut.

As long as the 2004 rotation is Prior,Wood,Zambrano,Clement,Cruz. I don't care who they sign.


they have a great rotation its more the hitting that might be the problem...
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Postby Guest » Fri Dec 19, 2003 12:11 am

We just need a friggin leadoff guy. Grudz was good last year, but we didn't take off until Lofton came aboard for the 2nd half.

Lofton was a hug reason we made the playoffs. Hit .320+ in the 2nd half for us. We hadn't had a good leadoff guy in years before acquiring him.

Patterson isn't a leadoff guy right now and I think everyone in the organization knows that. He's got to learn to lay off the off speed pitches down and in.
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Postby Madison » Fri Dec 19, 2003 1:07 am

Nice signings for the Cubbies. ;-D
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Postby trevisc » Fri Dec 19, 2003 9:29 am

man.. the cubs will rock this year again. I hope that Corey Patterson will stay healthy this year. He will be insanely huge!
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