The Chicago Cubs will be adding to their infield depth – at least theoretically – as soon as tomorrow, when they¬†will announce they’ve signed Chad Tracy to a minor league deal. Tracy will have a chance to earn a spot on the big club in Spring Training, and could end up as the primary backup at first base and third base – effectively bouncing Micah Hoffpauir.

Tracy is still just 29 – he’s actually two months younger than Hoffpauir – but hasn’t been effective at the Major League level since 2007, when he managed an .800 OPS in part-time duty.

Still, a minor league deal is a great low-risk move for the Cubs.

  • Dingo

    With this signing and the addition of Nady, Hoffpauir will want to have a good spring training…

    • Ace

      Indeed. The bench is already short with five spots, and two of them guaranteed to Hill and Baker(slash Fontenot).

  • Kevin G

    I like this because he has a great upside and may have just needed change of scenery. I like Hoff but he isnt as good defensively. If Tracy can show he can stay health he may get a Starting job with Lee contract up or if A-Ram opts out of his.