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Cubs acquire McCormack and Holdzkom for Wellemeyer
03/28/2006 11:04 AM ET
The Chicago Cubs today acquired minor league pitchers Lincoln Holdzkom and Zach McCormack from the Florida Marlins in exchange for pitcher Todd Wellemeyer.

Holdzkom, 24, has recorded a 2.86 ERA in 110 career games in the Marlins organization. The right-hander - who has worked primarily out of the bullpen - has struck out 194 batters in 160.1 innings and limited opponents to a .184 batting average.

In 2005, Holdzkom split time between the Marlins' Gulf Coast affiliate and Single-A Jupiter -- pitching in 12 games as he continued rehabilitation from 2004 Tommy John surgery.

Holdzkom was selected in the seventh round of the 2001 First-Year Player draft.

McCormack, 24, was selected in the 11th round of the 2003 First-Year Player draft out of Sacramento City Junior College. The southpaw is 8-8 with a 4.88 ERA and 7 saves in 86 career relief appearances. In addition, he has recorded 126 strikeouts and given up just 7 homers in 121.2 innings on the mound.

McCormack spent the majority of the 2005 season at Greensboro (A), going 4-2 with 2 saves and a 4.61 ERA in 26 games. He had his greatest success facing right-handers, as he held them to a .233 average.

Wellemeyer, 27, had spent his entire career in the Cubs organization, as he was selected in the fourth round of the 2000 draft. The right-hander saw action in 57 big league games spanning three seasons, going 5-3 with a 6.19 ERA. He is 32-29 with a 4.15 ERA in his 106 career minor league games.

In 2005, Wellemeyer went 2-1 with a 6.12 ERA in three stints with the Cubs. He spent the remainder of the season at Iowa (AAA), going 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 12 starts.

Wellemeyer pitched in eight Cactus League contests this spring, going 0-0 with an 8.25 ERA.

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