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Posted: Monday, December 8, 2008 6:34 pm | Updated: 11:12 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

LAS VEGAS - The Diamondbacks have been in contact with free agent Tony Clark and appear to want him back in 2009.

That would mark a turnaround from his odyssey last offseason, when they let him linger on the market to eventually sign with San Diego.

“We’ve definitely been talking, and Tony has had several conversations with (general manager) Josh Byrnes,” agent John Boggs said.

“Tony would love to come back.”

The D-Backs re-acquired him at the All-Star break last year, and manager Bob Melvin values Clark as both a productive pinch-hitter/platoon player at first base and as a positive clubhouse presence.

“He’s a guy that we realized the importance of him a couple of years ago,” said Melvin, after Clark hit .249 with 17 home runs in 221 at-bats when the D-Backs won the NL West in 2007.

“I think there is a good chance he ends up being a good fit for us again this year.”

He hit .229 in limited time with the Padres and D-Backs last year.

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