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Phils Inexplicably Sign Taguchi

This one comes from left field (literally):  The Phillies today signed So Taguchi to a one-year deal worth about $1MM.  There’s an option for 2009.

My first thought:  This move makes no sense.  My second thought:  This might be a good move.  The Phils had Chris Snelling lined up as the fifth outfielder, and though Taguchi isn’t a bad fifth outfielder option, there are so many other holes necessary to fill.

However, last year, the 37-year-old Taguchi went .290 with 3 HR and 30 RBI in 307 AB for Saint Louis.  He adds some speed and a lot of singles.  While they already had Snelling for this, Taguchi is a solid contingency plan, much like his brother-from-another-mother, Tadahito Iguchi.  Taguchi can play all three outfield positions, so that’s also a plus.

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