Baltimore Orioles reportedly sign Chad Tracy to minor league contract

June 17, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Chad Tracy (18) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Nationals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball teams, especially in the American League, can always use a veteran bat off the bench, and the Los Angeles Angels are putting that theory in motion as of Wednesday morning.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that veteran infielder Chad Tracy (and not the son of GM Jim Tracy, as he references in his Tweet) is on his way to Los Angeles to sign a minor league deal with the Angels. The 33-year-old Tracy was last seen with the Washington Nationals over the past 2 seasons, and while his days as a full-time player (or anything resembling one) are likely gone, he still carries a bat in an effective manner.

For his career, Tracy has a .274/.333/.439 slash line, and while he had a down year in 2013, his 2012 effort (.343 OBP, .441 slugging) with the Nats gives some hope of a bounce-back in LA. It should be noted that the Angels have guaranteed Tracy virtually nothing except for a Spring Training invite, but with a relatively high-profile player, it’s likely that he’ll have every opportunity to make the big league club.

Topics: Chad Tracy, Los Angeles Angels, Washington Nationals

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