Elliott noted Tracy's relationship with Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, his assistant Dana Brown and assistant general manager Tony LaCava. All four worked together with the Montreal Expos when Tracy was the team's bench coach.
Tracy also has a relationship in place with Toronto's best player. Tracy managed Jose Bautista when the two were with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Elliott handicapped the race to replace Farrell, and he considers Tracy among a field of three favorites he put at 3-1 odds. The other two were Acta and Indians bench coachJr.