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Nationals Extend Chad Tracy to 2013 Season

Aug. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals infielder Chad Tracy (18) during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.  The Diamondbacks defeated the Nationals 7-4.  Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
Aug. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals infielder Chad Tracy (18) during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks defeated the Nationals 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Nationals extended 1B/3B Chad Tracy, 32, to a deal that will keep him through the 2013 baseball season, reports Amanda Comak, Washington Nationals beat writer, for the Washington Times.

Tracy, mostly relegated to a bench/pinch hitter role, earned the praise of manager Davey Johnson. Tracy was compared, in importance, to the signing of Laynce Nix’ with the Nationals last year according to Comak’s reporting of Johnson’s comments. Nix signed with the Phillies this year for a 2-year deal after his solid campaign with the Nats.

Tracy’s been integral for the first-place Nationals this year with solid contributions across the board. Continuing with Johnson’s quotes, Comak reports Tracy was resigned because the team didn’t want to lose another good role player. Tracy, for the year, is hitting .283, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs, and is hitting at a .870 OPS after spot duty in Chicago and Florida in the 2010 season.