In the future, we might look back at this day as historical. It may even be a holiday. It's the day that Chad Tracy ruled the baseball world, the day that Chad Tracy signed with two MLB teams.
Chad Tracy signed a minor-league deal with the Los Angeles Angels. And Chad Tracy also signed a minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Confused about how this is even possible? Don't be — there are two Chad Tracys. Or is that Chad Traci?
As coincidence would have it, they both signed contracts Wednesday. We're not smart enough to calculate the odds on something like that happening, but we're pretty confident they're in the same range as the Miami Marlins winning the World Series.
The Chad Tracy you might know is the 33-year-old journeyman who most recently spent two seasons with the Washington Nationals, where he was mostly a left-handed pinch-hitter. He's joining the Angels as a back-up third base/first base option, should he make the team. His contract comes with a spring training invitation. This Chad Tracy has also played for the Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks, the latter gave him every-day playing time from 2004 to 2006. In 2005, Tracy hit .308 with 27 homers and 72 RBIs. Last season, he hit .202 in 129 at-bats.
Now, about that other Chad Tracy, the one signed by the Orioles. He's the son of Jim Tracy, the former player and manager. This Chad Tracy is 28 and has never played in the big leagues but has amassed a .267 batting average over eight minor-league seasons. Last year, he played 45 games with the Kansas City Royals' Triple-A affiliate in Omaha (cue Peyton Manning joke), and then he played independent ball with the York Revolution. Tracy's contract with the Orioles does not include an invite to spring training. He's a right-hander who plays first base. He once hit three homers in three consecutive innings in Triple-A, so that's something.
Everybody solid on the whereabouts of Chad Tracy? Also: If there's another Chad Tracy out there looking for a baseball contract, let yourself be heard. This is obviously the day to get it done.
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