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12/23/2007 5:09 PM ET
Phillies sign So Taguchi
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Outfielder So Taguchi signed a one-year contract with the Phillies, Assistant General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today. The deal includes a club option for 2009.

Taguchi, 38, hit .290 with three home runs and 30 RBI in 130 games for St. Louis last season. As a pinch-hitter, Taguchi led the National League with a .406 (13-32) batting average. With runners in scoring position, he batted .323 (21-65). Of his 64 starts in 2007, 41 were in center field, 21 were in left field and two were in right field.

"Taguchi gives our team more defensive versatility in the outfield," said Amaro. "And he has proven over his career that he can get key hits in big situations."

As a member of the World Champion Cardinals in 2006, Taguchi hit .400 (6-15) with two home runs and four RBI in the playoffs that year, starting three of the five World Series games.

A native of Japan, Taguchi is a .283 career hitter with 19 home runs and 154 RBI in 578 games, all with St. Louis. He has a career pinch average of .284 (29-102) and has hit .337 (98-291) with runners in scoring position.

He will wear No. 99.

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