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.
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