According to Anthony McCarron of the Daily News, the Mets have had brief discussions about signing free-agent 1B Chad Tracy, who has not played 100 games in a season since 2006.
The last three years, Tracy missed time with a rib injury, knee tendinitis, knee surgery and an oblique injury, during which he hit around .250, with roughly seven HR, 45 RBI, and 15 or so doubles.
The 29–year-old first baseman has also played third base, and seven games in left field, during his career.
…he’s an interesting player, because, in looking at his career, he reads like a guy who had promise, got hurt, lost his job to more promising, younger players, and he was never allowed a chance to win his spot back… or, he was a flash in the pan, and the D-Backs got it right… who knows… nevertheless, he’s not the best fielder i’ve seen, and, it seems to me, this would be a requirement of any back-up first baseman the Mets will sign… but, when he’s in a groove, he’s a strong hitter, dropping double after double in the to gap… the thing is, he also goes in to massive, prolonged slumps… also, in terms of speed, he can make John Olerud look like Rickey Henderson… in other words, he could be the perfect signing, depending on the team’s needs, then a few weeks later be viewed as a terrible acquisition… i’d take a chance on him, if for no other reason than he’s been successful before, he’s 29 and he has a beautiful swing, but he’d need to earn a significant role on the team…
By the way, to read about the Mets interest in free-agent Chien-Ming Wang, read McCarron’s report.