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Cubs cut Kevin Millar, Chad Tracy wins bench job

Mar 30, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

Chad Tracy just beat out Kevin Millar for the final bench spot in Chicago, with the Cubs releasing the 38-year-old Millar this afternoon.
In choosing Tracy over Millar the Cubs went with a left-handed bat over a right-handed bat, but also went with someone nearly a decade younger and with more defensive versatility.
Injuries and age have turned Tracy from a poor defensive third baseman to an emergency option at the hot corner, but he has about 2,500 more innings of experience at the position than Millar and is a more viable (or at least somewhat palatable) backup to Aramis Ramirez.
Meanwhile, an report yesterday suggested that the Rangers were keeping tabs on Millar as a potential bench option and may now be interested in signing him off the scrap heap. If that happens the Rangers’ interest in Mike Lowell would presumably decline even further than it has already, although Lowell even more so than Tracy offers quite a bit more defensive value than Millar even with all his injuries.

  1. bschmiege - Mar 30, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    I feel sorry for Millar. He didn’t have that bad of a spring but he will be better suited for a DH role in an American League team. Good luck K-Mill!

  2. Tom Shumaker - Mar 30, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Millar hasn’t contributed much in the way of offense for several seasons now. I think he needs to refine his resume so that he can apply for an analyst job @ MLB or ESPN & hang up the spikes.

  3. Old Gator - Mar 31, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    The Cowboy’s skills have deteriorated, but what can you do if you insist on living downwind from the refineries and cracking plants in Beaumont and inhaling the equivalent of a horrible horsemeat and velveeta sandwich into your lungs every day? Notwithstanding his respiratory masochism, Millar has always been my favorite scab. And he’d be a great color man too. He was a joy to have down here in Macondo for the years he toiled for the Feesh. If he had a good game you’d stick around to watch or listen to the postgame to hear his off-kilter take on things, and his sports talk interviews were always a hoot and a half. I can only add to the good wishes that will follow him – that is, except from the Chunichi Dragons and the Player’s Association.

  4. Aries - Mar 31, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    I agree that Millar should become an analyst. He definitely has the personality. Though he would probably fit in better on MLBNetwork, I think ESPN should hire him to spice things up.

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