The 30-year-old Greene, a one-time offensive spark plug for the San Diego Padres -- 27 home runs and 97 RBIs for the Pads in 2007 -- was not tendered a contract by the Cardinals during the off-season. The Texas Rangers decided, however, to make Greene a reclamation project, offering him a one-year $750,000 contract to be a utility infielder.
But it would seem all of that has fallen apart, Greene will not be joining the Rangers, and he's not coming to spring training.
ESPN is reporting that Rangers general manager Joe Daniels said Greene's agent talked to him over the weekend to inform him that the infielder was "having a recurrence of issues he's dealt with in the past."
"I can't tell you at this point whether he's going to look to come back or when," said Daniels.
The Rangers -- and Greene -- now have to figure on what's next. Greene could go on the restricted list, which requires an application through Major League Baseball. But if he goes on that list, he would not be paid. It is possible the Rangers may void Greene's contract altogether.
Over the winter Greene said he was excited to return to baseball and looked foward to joining the Rangers.