Former Nationals bench player Chad Tracy has found a new team for 2014, signing a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels. The 33-year-old veteran will report to spring training in Tempe, AZ looking to secure a roster spot.
Tracy had a rough season last year, hitting .202 with four home runs in 92 games with a .568 OPS, but he's just one year removed from being a solid contributor off the bench. In 2012 he batted .269 with a .784 OPS for the Nationals.
The Angels will hope to get the same production out of Tracy who figures to be competing for a backup, corner infielder role. They have Albert Pujols and David Freese set for first and third base, and Tracy could find a spot behind them.
The Angels also, however, signed free agents Carlos Pena and Brennan Boesch to minor league deals this week. Considering they both bat lefty and will be fighting for bench spots, Tracy could have his work cut out for him making the Angels roster.
Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun first reported the news.