Healthy Tracy appreciates chance to show worth

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Chad Tracy enters the 2009 season healthy as the Arizona Diamondbacks' projected starter at first base.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin calls it "a big year" for Tracy.

The muscular 28-year-old who once started at third base and played a bit in right field is in the final season of a three-year, $13.25 million contract. The club has an option to pay him $7 million for next season, and he is out to show his worth.

Tracy appeared in 88 games last season, batting .267 with eight homers and 39 RBIs.