The Cubs released two players the organization signed to minor league contracts during the off-season, 1B Matt Clark and LHP Nick Greenwood.
Matt Clark was released Friday, March 25. Clark played in nine Cactus League games and was 4-for-12 with a double.
Nick Greenwood made one appearance for the Cubs in a Cactus League game this spring. Greenwood completed one-third of an inning on March 6 against the Diamondbacks. Greenwood was released Saturday, March 26.
The Cubs signed 1B/OF Matt Clark to a minor league contract on Feb. 26. Clark’s deal did not include an invite to Major League Spring Training.
Clark, 28, spent last season in the Brewers’ system and hit .291/.367/.492 in 132 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs with 34 doubles, a triple and 20 home runs for a .858 OPS.
The Padres selected Matt Clark in the 12th round of the 2008 draft. Clark was released by the Padres in January 2013. Clark inked a deal with the Mets in January 2014. After he was released by the Mets in June of 2014, he signed on with the Brewers in July 2014 and made his big league debut against the Cubs on Sept. 2, 2014.
Clark played in 14 games for the Brewers in 2014, his only experience in the majors. Clark batted .185/.226/.519 with three home runs and a .744 OPS.
The Cubs signed LHP Nick Greenwood to a minor league contract on Jan. 25. Greenwood did not receive an invitation to big league camp.
Greenwood was selected by the Padres in the 14th round of the 2009 draft. Greenwood was part of the three-team trade with the Indians in July 2010 that landed RHP Jake Westbrook with the Cardinals, OF Ryan Ludwick with the Padres and RHP Corey Kluber in Cleveland.
Greenwood appeared in 20 games with one start at the Major League level over two seasons with the Cardinals. Greenwood is 2-2 with a 5.25 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. In 36 innings, Greenwood allowed 21 runs, all earned, on 38 hits with five walks and 17 strikeouts. Greenwood pitched in one game for the Cardinals last season and did not record an out. Greenwood gave up two runs on two hits (a home run by Andrew McCutchen) in a game started by John Lackey.
The 28-year old southpaw was 13-6 in 32 games, 22 starts, for Triple-A Memphis last season with a 6.14 ERA and 1.48 WHIP. Greenwood surrendered 88 runs, 83 earned, on 166 hits with 25 walks and 60 strikeouts in 129 innings.