Tracy relieved to be in red
Teixeira's trade to Angels will likely keep slugger in Arizona
SAN DIEGO -- Although he didn't come right out and say it, Chad Tracy sure looked relieved to still have a Sedona Red uniform to put on Tuesday night.
The D-backs first baseman had been the subject of a lot of trade rumors over the past week, with numerous reports stating he could possibly be dealt to the Braves for slugger Mark Teixeira.
The news that Teixeira was traded instead to the Angels on Tuesday made its way quickly through the clubhouse.
"I just went about my business the same way I would," Tracy said. "I heard a couple of things on ESPN, but it was out of my control."
Tracy had taken some good-natured teasing from his teammates particularly after Sunday's game in San Francisco, when the sounds of Atlanta's Tomahawk Chop could be heard coming from the D-backs shower room.
"Yeah, of course," Tracy said when asked if he was happy to still be with the D-backs. "Yeah, I've been here five years, I was drafted in 2001. It would be a lot of changes."
While the Trade Deadline isn't until 1 p.m. MST on Thursday, Teixeira was the hottest rumor involving the D-backs, who have not been linked seriously to any other player.
"I'm glad it's over," manager Bob Melvin said. "I'm sure it was a bit of a distraction for us here especially yesterday. There was a lot of speculation yesterday and it was running rampant through our clubhouse. You can't help but watch those things and there are certain guys that can't help but get distracted by it even though you don't want to and realize it's part of the game that goes on this time of year."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.