Cubs deal Wellemeyer to Marlins

Cubs deal Wellemeyer to Marlins

MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs traded right-handed reliever Todd Wellemeyer to the Florida Marlins on Tuesday for two Minor League pitchers.

The Cubs acquired two pitchers from the Marlins in right-hander Lincoln Holdzkom and lefty Zach McCormack. Holdzkom, 24, has a 2.86 ERA in 110 career games in the Marlins organization. He has worked primarily out of the bullpen, striking out 194 in 160 1/3 innings. Opponents have hit .184 against him.

Last year, Holdzkom split time between the Marlins' Gulf Coast affiliate and Class A Jupiter. He pitched in 12 games as he was continuing his rehab from Tommy John surgery.

McCormack, 24, was an 11th-round pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft out of Sacramento City Junior College. He was 8-8 with a 4.88 ERA and seven saves in 86 career relief appearances. He has struck out 126 in 121 2/3 innings.

McCormack spent most of last year at Class A Greensboro, going 4-2 with two saves and a 4.61 ERA in 26 games.

Wellemeyer, 27, had spent his entire career in the Cubs organization, and was a fourth-round pick in 2000. Over three seasons, the right-hander was used primarily in long relief. Last year, he was 2-1 with a 6.12 ERA in three stints with the Cubs. At Triple-A Iowa, he was 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 12 starts.

The Cubs have an overload of pitchers in camp, and plan on opening the season with four starters and seven relievers. The pitchers guaranteed spots in the bullpen include Ryan Dempster, Scott Eyre and Bob Howry, with Will Ohman, John Koronka, Michael Wuertz, Scott Williamson, Roberto Novoa, Jae Kuk Ryu and David Aardsma battling for the four other spots.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.