"Holly gets a chance to go to one of the finer organizations in the game, a contending club and a club that he's performed well against," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "[Atlanta general manager] John Schuerholz and [manager] Bobby Cox both felt that as well as they're doing, they could use a veteran who could pinch-hit off the bench, which obviously Holly has done over the past few years.
"It didn't work out the way we all would've liked for Holly this year, but it was never out of lack of effort. He was a quality guy and even when he struggled, he gave us a quality effort."
Hollandsworth batted .318 in 57 games last season before suffering a stress fracture when he fouled a ball off his shin. The left-handed hitter began the season in the starting lineup but batted .111 in May, and he was assigned to the bench. He hit .269 as a pinch-hitter this year.
"I wish Holly the best," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "He busted for us and he didn't have the kind of year he wanted for us, and that we wanted."
The Cubs will call up outfielder Matt Murton and pitcher Jermaine Van Buren from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. Earlier Monday, the Cubs announced that pitcher Kerry Wood was done for the season and would undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday. Wood pitched one inning in relief Monday in the Cubs' 9-6 loss to Los Angeles.
Hendry said he had not heard from other clubs looking for that one piece to help in the postseason run.
"It's like when we added [Doug] Glanville and Randall Simon," Hendry said. "They didn't seem like big pieces after the July 31 deadline, but they turned out to be very important. When you have a club like Atlanta, and the great club they have and the great manager they have, just a little veteran presence down the stretch and in the postseason can help like Holly did in 2003, in helping the Marlins beat us."
Hollandsworth had intended on making Chicago his home. He bought a home in the northwest suburbs.
"Except for not playing as well as he would've liked, he really enjoyed playing here," Hendry said.
Baker couldn't tell Hollandsworth what was going on when he pulled him out of the game.
"Holly's a big boy. He's been in this game a long time," Baker said. "When we took him out, I didn't know what to tell him, but he knew something had happened."
It's the second such deal the Cubs have made in the last three days. On Saturday, they dealt outfielder Matt Lawton to the New York Yankees for a Minor League pitcher.