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08/29/2005 11:33 PM ET
Cubs trade Hollandsworth to Braves
Minor Leaguers Blackford, Burrows given in exchange
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs today traded Todd Hollandsworth to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Minor League pitchers Todd Blackford and Angelo Burrows.

Blackford, 20, is in his second professional season, having been selected by Atlanta in the 13th round of the 2004 draft. In 27 career games, the right-handed pitcher has gone 6-5 with a 4.60 ERA. This season, Blackford has gone 5-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 12 games for the Class A Danville Braves. He has held opponents to a .219 average and issued just two homers in 59 2/3 innings of work.

Burrows, 25, was selected by the Braves in the ninth round of the 1999 draft. The right-handed pitcher has split the 2005 season between Class A Rome and Myrtle Beach, combining to go 4-3 with three saves and a 3.32 ERA in 30 relief appearances.

Burrows, who began his career as an outfielder, batted .250 in 334 career games before being converted to a pitcher in 2004. In his first season on the mound, he was 2-5 with a 4.10 ERA in 22 relief appearances. He struck out 30 batters and allowed five homers in his 37 1/3 innings of work.

Hollandsworth, 32, has batted .254 with five homers and 35 RBIs this year. The outfielder, who signed with the Cubs as a free agent in December 2003, has a career .299 average as a pinch-hitter. He entered the 2005 season having batted .279 with 85 homers and 330 RBIs over his career.

In addition to the Cubs, the left-handed-hitting outfielder has seen action with Los Angeles (1995-2000), Colorado (2000-2002), Texas (2002) and Florida (2003).

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