July 17, 2008
Today the Arizona Diamondbacks announced that they had completed a trade with the San Diego Padres that will bring first baseman Tony Clark back to Arizona in exchange for minor league pitcher Evan Scribner. This is an interesting transaction on many levels. Clark became a free agent after the 2007 season and all indications made it seem probable that he would resign with Arizona. Clark’s agent though thought the Diamondbacks were undervaluing his client and suggested to Tony that he wait before signing. That wait ended up costing Clark as the Diamondbacks moved on and after the Jose Valverde trade that brought Chris Burke to the desert there was no room for Clark and the offer was rescinded. Subsequently Clark signed a one-year contract with NL West rival San Diego.