The Chicago Cubs have signed outfielder So Taguchi to a minor league, non-roster contract. Taguchi played for the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies last year, primarily in a defensive, reserve role. Taguchi played 88 games, but only had a .220 batting average with 91 at-bats. As a pinch-hitter, Taguchi only had 3 hits in 33 chances. He is a career .279 hitter.
If Taguchi makes the Cubs major league roster following Spring Training, he will earn $900,000 for the 2009 MLB season. Taguchi knows the Cubs well – he played 6 MLB seasons for the rival St. Louis Cardinals and had a .266 career average at Wrigley Field.