PHILADELPHIA -- Outfielder So Taguchi was released by the Phillies on Wednesday, less than a week after being told his 2009 option wasn't going to be renewed. The move was a formality. Taguchi signed with Philadelphia in December and batted .220 in 91 at-bats over 88 games in 2008. He initially served as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement for left fielder Pat Burrell, but eventually lost that job to Eric Bruntlett. Taguchi did not appear in the World Series.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.