Tracy's son acquired; Blake deal official
Rockies send right-hander Reynolds to Rangers in trade
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com | 01/05/12 8:18 PM EST
DENVER -- The Rockies acquired Chad Tracy, a Minor League power-hitting first baseman and the son of manager Jim Tracy, from the Rangers on Thursday for right-handed pitcher Greg Reynolds.
Tracy, 26, a third-round pick of the Rangers in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, hit .259 with 26 home runs and a system-leading 109 RBIs at Triple-A Round Rock. The RBI total was a Round Rock franchise record. Tracy received an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
The Rockies also announced Thursday that third baseman Casey Blake, 38, passed his physical, so his one-year contract worth $2 million, with an additional $1 million available in incentives, is official.
Tracy, a catcher until arm issues forced him to first base and the outfield, is a career .269 hitter with 167 doubles and 111 home runs in the Texas organization. He can provide depth from the right side.
Reynolds, 26, the Rockies' top Draft pick and second overall pick in 2006, has battled shoulder and elbow injuries for much of his career. He went 3-0 with a 6.19 ERA in 13 games, including three starts, over five stints with Colorado last season. Reynolds went 6-7 with a 6.18 ERA in 19 starts at Triple-A Colorado Springs. The Rockies designated Reynolds for assignment after the season.
Reynolds, 5-8 with a 7.47 ERA in the Majors (2008 and '11), became the third recent Rockies top pick to be traded this offseason. The club sent third baseman Ian Stewart (2004) and right-handed reliever Casey Weathers (2007) to the Cubs last month for outfielder Tyler Colvin and second baseman DJ LeMahieu.
Blake hit .252 with four home runs and 26 RBIs for the Dodgers last year in 63 games, and ended his season with about a month to go by undergoing neck surgery. It was the first time since 2002 that Blake played in fewer than 109 Major League games. A right-handed hitter, Blake has hit .264 with 264 doubles, 167 home runs and 616 in 1,265 Major League games for five teams -- the Blue Jays (1999), Twins (2000-02), Orioles (2001), Indians (2003-08) and Dodgers (2008-11).
The addition of Blake, who knocked at least 20 doubles and 15 home runs in eight straight campaigns (2003-10), brings the Rockies' Major League roster to 39 -- one below the limit.