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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2008 3:01 pm | Updated: 11:26 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Tony Clark has left the Diamondbacks, but he has not left the NL West.

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Clark, a native of San Diego, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Padres, major league sources said.

The deal is to be announced early this week, after Clark passes a physical examination.

Clark, 35, hit .249 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs and was credited by teammates as bringing an invaluable clubhouse presence in the D-Backs’ run to the 2007 NL West title.

He had hoped to return, but the D-Backs opted to go another direction in mid-December, however, after they did not receive what they considered a timely response on a two-year, $3 million offer. His Padres’ contract is believed to be worth about $1 million.

Clark, a switch-hitter who had three pinch-hit home runs for the D-Backs last season and platooned at first base down the stretch, is expected to serve as a backup to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and a top pinch-hitting option in San Diego.

The Padres won the division in 2005-06 and were eliminated in a one-game playoff against Colorado last year.

Clark was a high school and college star in San Diego and he has made his home in the Valley for a decade.

He is the second D-Back to go to the Padres in the last eight months, joining outfielder Scott Hairston, who was dealt to San Diego for right-hander Leo Rosales at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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