Yesterday the Cubs have announce that they have sign IF Chad Tracy to a minor league deal. Today the deal was official. Tracy will make 900,000 in 2010 if he makes the big league club. Plus 525,000 is he has 450 at-bats and a 100,000 if he is name comeback player of the year. I do see him making the big league club but the other 2 I don't see. You could see a trade for Micah Hoffpauir who is 30 years old because Tracy can play 3B, 1B, RF, and LF. But Hoffpauir still have 1 more option to go back to the minors which could happen. Tracy is expected to be primarily backup 3B for Ramirez and also player 1B. He is also a lefty like Hoffpauir to come off bench.
In 2009, Tracy batted .237 with 8hr and 39rbi in 257 at-bats. He is also not bad at defense. This could be a positive signing.
The Cubs have avoided arbitration with Sean Marshall agreeing to 950,000. Marshall filed for 1.175 million while the Cubs offered 800,000. Only 2 more left Marmol and Theriot.
The Cubs will be in attendance to watch P Noah Lowry throw next week. He missed all of 2009 with a arm injury. This would be a good signing.
When the Cubs signing of Nady becomes official I will have a full post on the signing. The deal is pending a physical.
I will keep you posted.