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Padres Minor Leaguer Clark heads to Japan

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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres announced Tuesday that they've sold the contract of Minor Leaguer Matt Clark to the Chunichi Dragons of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.

Clark reported the news of the deal first last week on his Twitter account.

The 26-year-old Clark produced a .282/.359/.494 line over parts of five Minor League seasons with 102 home runs as a first baseman in the Padres' farm system.

Clark, the son of former Major League pitcher Terry Clark, was a 12th-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Louisiana State University.

Clark spent the last two seasons with Triple-A Tucson, where he hit 23 home runs in 2011 and 22 home runs last season.

Clark, who had been left off the 40-man roster after the 2011 and 2012 seasons, was impressive during Spring Training a year ago. He hit .419 with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 43 at-bats.

But Clark was blocked by Yonder Alonso, whom the team obtained in December 2011 from the Reds in a five-player deal that sent Mat Latos to Cincinnati. Alonso, 25, hit .273 with 39 doubles and 62 RBIs in his first full Major League season.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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