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Chad Tracy gets a one-year extension from the Nationals

Chad Tracy

Washington Nationals’ Chad Tracy (18) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Washington, Saturday, May 5, 2012. The Nationals won 7-1. (AP Photo Manuel Balce Ceneta)


Chad Tracy has only logged 68 plate appearances this year, but he has apparently made a pretty good impression on the Nationals.

According to Mark Zuckerman of, Nationals manager Davey Johnson announced before tonight’s game that the club has signed Tracy to a one-year contract extension. No word yet on the terms, but he is expected to receive a raise from his $750,000 salary from this season.

After spending last season with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan’s Central League, Tracy joined the Nationals over the winter on a minor league deal and made the Opening Day roster after Rick Ankiel suffered a quad injury. The 32-year-old suffered a torn right groin muscle in May and missed nearly two months, but he has made the most out of his limited opportunities off the Nats’ bench, hitting .283/.353/.517 with three home runs, 13 RBI and an .870 OPS.