PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Outfielder So Taguchi, who hit .290 for St. Louis last season, signed a one-year contract with the Phillies on Sunday.
The 38-year-old Taguchi led all National League pinch hitters with a .406 (13-32) batting average.
Taguchi played all three outfield positions for St. Louis in 2007, starting 41 times in center field, 21 times in left field and twice in right.
``Taguchi gives our team more defensive versatility in the outfield,'' Assistant General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement released by the team. ``And he has proven over his career that he can get key hits in big situations.''
As a member of the World Series champion Cardinals in 2006, Taguchi hit .400 (6-15) with two home runs and four RBI in the playoffs. He started in three of the five World Series games.
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