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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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  1. Alphonse Dattolo

    December 23, 2007 at 5:16 pm


  2. Chris.I

    December 23, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    This move was RETARDED…Point blank RETARDED! I’m not taking anything away from Taguchi, but our outfield was fair enough as was, and I’m sure alot of people would say the same. Our problem remains our pitching.

  3. Mike M

    December 23, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    I dont think this move is retarded as Chris I. would put it, because it makes the outfield stronger defensively. But, this is horrible news for Snelling, who will fight for his job and probably lose during spring training, barring an amazing few weeks. I see Taguchi getting a few starts every now and then like the typical 5th outfielder, but he will probably fill the role of Pat Burrell’s 9th inninf defensive replacement.

    In terms of pitching, I know the Phils have made a few offers out there, specifically, to Kris Benson and Livan Hernandez. Ofcourse, neither of these pitchers are that great, both pitchers would put up numbers around 4.50-5 in a hitter friendly park. So, I dont see anyone really happy with what the Phils do during the rest of the offseason, but acquiring one of these pitchers or someone like them would be the best thing we could do, barring a trade.

    When I compare our rotation currently with the Mets (our main competion), I see it being about the same. It might be better if we acquire Hernandez.

    Myers Martinez
    Hamels Maine
    Hernandez Perez
    Kendrick Hernandez
    Moyer Pelfrey

    I might have ranked them wrong, but that’s how I would send them out there. And Pelfrey will probably not be in the rotation next year, but for now he has to be if they don’t get anyone. As far as the braves go, they have a better rotation but we have a far superior offense.

  4. Matt

    December 23, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    This wasn’t a bad move especially for a year. He’s just going to take Bourn’s role as the guy who spells Pat Burrell on the bases. And the pitching they need isn’t out there. Look for Carassco or Savery to make the rotation coming out of Spring Training.

  5. Sean P.

    December 23, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    Yea, i like the move b/c its cheap, Taguchi has experience, he’s a type of guy that will go all out. It improves the outfield for relatively no cost and gives the Phils security in the outfield.

    Also possible trade bait for some type of pitching mid-season.

  6. Matt O

    December 23, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    wait a minute, since when do the Phils have an offer out on Livan?

  7. Brian R.

    December 24, 2007 at 12:15 am

    I agree with Matt that for one year this is a good move. But I think he will be more effective as a potential backup in center if something were to happen Victorino. Jenkins and Werth are corner outfielders and it would have been a problem if Victorino got hurt.
    Pitching is obviously their top priority. The only option that the phils might have is for Benson. But with the market the way it is for starting pitching I’m sure they can’t afford him. If Carlos Silvia got 4 year deal for $44 million; then Benson will definitely be looking for more than the phils are willing to spend. I doubt that they are going to be getting another starter. The only thing they will probably do is go after some relievers, which they also need pretty badly.

  8. Sean P.

    December 24, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Carlos getting a 4 year $44 milion is scary – he’s not that great is he?? I would be all for getting Benson if it was for some type of incentive laden deal, just like how ALL major leagues contracts should be constructed (thats another story).

  9. Bob

    December 26, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    There is an interesting article to note that Josh Towers, a free agent who was not offered arbitration by the Blue Jays, against the statistics of Carlos Silva and his $12 million/year salary. The Phillies have been talking about adding an inexpensive project, I believe it is Josh Towers. He is identical to Silva, who was considered a better free agent than Lohse. I do not think the Phillies need to spend a lot of money on more pitching. I do believe they need to add one more left handed pitcher as a reliever. Chad Durbin and Eaton can move as long relievers, the left handed pitcher can be the last addition to the bullpen, and Josh Towers can be the fifth starter. Though I am not happy with the Phillies committee at Third Base, the available players all are equal to the stats of the committee last year. I want a good third baseman, but I would be fine if the Phillies settled on the committee/platoon, as long as they sign an acceptable starter and an acceptable Left Handed Reliever.

  10. Troy Kline

    December 27, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    I have to agree with the few that said this signing was just fine….and based on what’s over at it looks like they are done except for maybe a lefty reliever.

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