Andy Tracy, the greatest hitter in the short history of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, has caught on with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 37-year-old first baseman has spent the last three seasons in Allentown, hitting .275/.373/.492 with 21 homers in 2010, right in line with his three-year average. Tracy, who appeared in 14 games with the Phillies between 2008-09, was denied a September call-up this time around and reportedly cut his minor league season short (Who can blame him?). With a few breaks, he could be on Arizona's bench. … Now that the dust has settled on the Cliff Lee extravaganza, what else should we be watching? Chad Durbin met with the Phillies at the Winter Meetings and is still available. Follow-up reports suggested that the talks were positive. Meanwhile, J.C. Romero will not be back with the club under any circumstance, I've read. His name has surfaced several times as a possibility for the Yankees. On a related front, I've scrubbed my news sources for any mention of Greg Dobbs, but his name hasn't surfaced in any new reports. I would be shocked if he's not in someone's camp as an invitee. Elsewhere, Rule 5 selection Michael Martinez, who made a crucial error at short Sunday in the Dominican / Puerto Rican All-Star game, continues to swing the bat well for Escogido, going 2-for-2 last night with a double. He's hitting .292 this winter.