Updated – 6:40pm CST – According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs will announce on Wednesday they have signed Chad Tracy to a minor league contract. Tracy will compete with Micah Hoffpauir in Spring Training to be the left-handed bat off the bench. The Cubs will give Tracy a shot to serve as a backup to Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee.
Updated – 8:38pm CST – According to Bruce Levine, Chad Tracy will earn $900,000 if he makes the big league club, plus an additional $525,000 if he gets 450 plate appearances. The contract also includes a $100,000 bonus if named Comeback Player of the Year.
According to Bruce Levine, Chad Tracy might be a Chicago Cub as early as this week.
Levine was asked about Tracy during his online chat Tuesday and said, “I’ve heard that deal is very realistic. It might happen this week.” According to Levine, the Cubs could sign Tracy to a minor league deal to be a left-handed utility player. Chad Tracy put together a .237/.306/.389/.695 line in 98 games with Arizona in 2009. Tracy played first and third base last season.
In his career, Tracy has spent 340 games at third, 246 at first, 47 in right field and seven in left.
Tracy has been limited to less than 100 games the last three seasons (76 in 2007, 88 in 2008 and 98 in 2009). Tracy has dealt with a rib injury, knee tendinitis, knee surgery and an oblique injury over that time.
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