Ex-Card Taguchi signed by Cubs

Updated: January 15, 2009, 11:01 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

The Chicago Cubs have signed outfielder So Taguchi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Taguchi would earn $900,000 if he makes the team in spring training.

Taguchi spent all of last season as a backup outfielder for the Phillies, but was a disappointment, batting only .220, with no homers and three stolen bases, in just 91 at-bats. He went only 3 for 33 (.091) as a pinch-hitter.

However, Taguchi spent the previous six seasons playing in the NL Central with the St. Louis Cardinals, and he's a .280 lifetime hitter against the Cubs.

Jayson Stark is a senior baseball writer for ESPN.com.

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