CUBS BUILDING OUTFIELD ARMY
By the time the 2009 All-Star break arrives, So Taguchi will be 40 years old. Will he still be with the Cubs? Jim Hendry signed the former Cardinal to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.
Taguchi was used mainly as a pinch-hitter in Philly last year and had a rough year. Perhaps he was misused.
Whatever the case, the Cubs now have 7 or 8 outfielders, depending on how you size up the roster:
- Hoffpauir (maybe more of a 1b)
It’s interesting to note (said in my best Vin Scully voice) that Pie is out of options. And furthermore, the Cubs roster looks like it will be set up to carry 5 OFs on the 25-man roster, unless they go with 11 pitchers instead of 12. Then that would allow them an extra OF.
I guess the point is: would you rather have Pie or Gathright or Taguchi? I’ll take Pie. So unless there is a trade looming, what happens to Pie? And don’t you want Hoffpauir to take the Daryle Ward role?
Just 29 days until pitchers and catchers!