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5/22/1980 (36 y, 9 m, 2 d)
2001 June Amateur Draft - Round: 7, Pick: 22, Overall: 218, Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
$1M / 1 Years (2013)
Tracy has decided to retire from baseball, MLB Daily Dish reports. (4/26/2014)
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Year in Review:
Just when it looked like Tracy was about to break out after a solid ‘06 season, injuries struck and rendered him ineffective and unreliable over the next three seasons. His OPS dropped from .800 to .722 to .695 over those three seasons, but Tracy also suffered from low BABIPs during that time – bottoming out at .251 in ‘09 – so there is hope for a modest rebound, perhaps with a change of scenery. Despite his irregular playing time, Tracy still showed some pop – mostly of the gap variety – and he kept his strikeout rates to a respectable level at 14.8% last year. However, a .296 wOBA is not going to get anyone excited about a corner infielder.
The Year Ahead:
Tracy’s days of being a regular third baseman or first baseman are likely over. He is, though, just turning 30 years old near the beginning of the 2010 season, so he’s not washed up just yet. A left-handed hitter, Tracy can still be effective against right-handers after hitting .258/.325/.411 in ‘09. He managed a triple-slash line of just .146/.222/.292 against lefties, which speaks pretty loudly. His fantasy value is also hurt by the fact that he played just eight games at third base in ‘09, compared to 66 at first, so many leagues will have him eligible at just one position. Tracy was a free agent after the 2009 season and he was unable to land a Major League contract. As a result, he settled for a minor league deal with the Cubs. His chances of landing an opening day gig in the Majors are low due to the presence of back-up infielders Jeff Baker and Micah Hoffpauir. (Marc Hulet)
Chad Tracy resurrected his career as a pinch hitter and impressed the brass so much that he received a one-year extension. With Adam LaRoche and Tyler Moore at first base, Tracy is not a candidate for an increased role. (
It seems like Tracy's been hanging around the league forever, so it might be surprising to learn that he's just entering his age-34 season. He was demoted to bench work early in his career -- back in 2007 with the Diamondbacks -- so he's well-established as a pure backup. As such, his fantasy value is nonexistent. Tracy may also have trouble finding a major league contract in 2014 due to an across the board decline in his primary and peripheral statistics. If he profiled as a better defensive third baseman, some team might take a chance on his .220 batting average on balls in play regressing. At this point, his best trait is his veteran grit.
The Quick Opinion:
Tracy will need to lean on his intangible charms in order to land a major league contract this offseason. He's not somebody that fantasy owners need to follow.
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Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 3:33 AM ET
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