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Prior to his release, Greene had hit .167/.314/.214 with two doubles over 51 plate appearances for the Astros this spring.
The Astros traded Jed Lowrie -- last year's regular at shortstop -- in February, and it appeared Greene would at least see some increased amount of time at the position in 2013. However, Houston elected to sign Ronny Cedeno and named him their starter at short, and general manager Jeff Luhnow recently made it clear that Greene would not break camp with the team.
The Astros acquired Greene from the St. Louis Cardinals last summer in exchange for cash considerations. After hitting .218/.272/.358 over 197 plate appearances for the Cards, the 29-year-old maintained a batting line of .246/.278/.460 over 133 plate appearances with the Astros.
Over parts of four seasons in the majors, Greene owns a career line of .224/.292/.356.