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01/16/09 9:38 AM EST

Cubs ink Taguchi to Minor League deal

Contract expected to become official next week

CHICAGO -- The Cubs have reportedly signed outfielder So Taguchi to a Minor League contract and are expected to make it official next week.

A Cubs official said Friday the team will announce its non-roster invitees next week.

According to ESPN.com, Taguchi will earn $900,000 if he makes the team in Spring Training. A career .279 hitter, Taguchi was a backup outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies last season and batted .220 with three stolen bases in 91 at-bats. He was 3-for-33 as a pinch-hitter.

Taguchi does know the Cubs, having faced them while playing six seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals. He has a career .266 average at Wrigley Field and a .280 average against the Cubs.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.