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Tracy agrees to Minors deal with Cubs

1/27/10 in MLB   |   Frankie_D   |   290 respect

Tracy will give the Cubs a left handed bat that they need to come off the bench.

Written By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com

The Cubs agreed to a Minor League deal with veteran corner infielder Chad Tracy, ESPNChicago reported on Tuesday.

A Major League source told the Web site that the deal will officially be announced on Wednesday and that if he makes the Cubs' Major League roster, he would earn $900,000, plus up to an additional $525,000 if he reaches 450 plate appearances. He will also reportedly earn $100,000 if he wins the Comeback Player of the Year Award.

Tracy, 29, batted .237 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs in 98 games with the D-backs last season, with 66 appearances at first base and eight at third base. The six-year veteran has battled injuries the past three seasons, including a right oblique strain last year, and hasn't played in more than 100 games since 2006.

His best season came in 2005, when he batted .308 with 27 home runs, 73 runs scored and 72 RBIs along with a .359 on-base percentage and a .533 slugging percentage. But since batting .308 that season, he's seen his batting average dip to .281 in '06, .264 in '07, .267 in '08 and a career-worst .237 last year.

Tracy, who is a career .297 hitter against right-handed pitchers, is expected to compete with Micah Hoffpauir as the club's left-handed bat off the bench and can serve as both a backup first baseman and third baseman.

The Mets, Orioles and Rockies were also reportedly after Tracy, who is a career .280 hitter with 78 home runs and 318 RBIs in 704 games with the D-backs.

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