Chad Tracy signed by Orioles
After much confusion yesterday (1/29) on Twitter, it is indeed true that first baseman Chad Tracy, the one who played in 59 games for the Revolution last season and NOT the Major League veteran who played in 92 games for the Washington Nationals in 2013, has signed with the Baltimore Orioles. MASN Orioles reporter Roch Kubatko finally cleared things up, although we object to use of the phrase “other” Chad Tracy. We liked our Chad Tracy best.
Once it came out that Baltimore had signed a first baseman named Chad Tracy, Twitter was flooded with reporters confirming it was the elder Tracy, who has 938 games of Major League experience dating back to 2004. This was due to the fact most weren’t aware that our Chad Tracy is also a corner infielder, leading to the mix-up. You know what they say about when you assume.
In any event, this is a bit of a blow to the Revolution’s 2014 roster-building efforts, as Tracy was targeted for a potential return after his superb defense and .289 average as a bright spot in an otherwise forgettable second half last year. He chipped in nine homers and 37 RBI after joining York mid-season after playing nearly every game in Triple-A for Colorado Springs (Rockies) in 2012 and Round Rock (Rangers) in 2011. He is the son of former Dodgers, Pirates and Rockies Manager Jim Tracy.
While Tracy’s Triple-A numbers aren’t spectacular, they are downright solid, and he’s a work horse who seldom takes a day off. At 28, his window to make his MLB debut is still very much open. If the Orioles keep him out of spring training, he’ll likely be ticketed for Triple-A Norfolk considering his experience at that level and that he hasn’t played at Double-A since 2009. If not, I’m sure the Revolution will pounce at the chance to bring him back into the fold for 2014.
Tracy will attempt to be the second York alum to go from the Revs to the O’s; outfielder Tike Redman was the first former Rev to reach the Majors after playing just seven games with York to start the inaugural 2007 season, ending the season with Baltimore after a stop in Norfolk.