Just a very quick bit of news...
The Cubs have signed Japanese outfielder So Taguchi to a minor league deal that would pay 900k should he make the roster. They have been looking to give Fukudome some Asian Companionship, and rather than go the bathhouse route, it looks like Taguchi is their man.
Actually, this is a great example of the way Jim Hendry hoards positions. It's like he has an on-switch that he sometimes forgets to turn off ... this winter, it was "get an outfielder" and now that he's added Gathright, Taguchi, and Bradley to a mix already including Soriano, Johnson, Fukudome, and Pie, he can redouble his focus on "get a second baseman," "get a relief pitcher," and "get a starting pitcher."
I don't have much of an opinion on Taguchi. He's a two-time champion who had a bad year. I don't know how he'll contribute to The Objective, but as far as 5th outfielders go, there are probably worse ones out there.
Oh, and my latest photoshop for y'all ... another propaganda poster. I need two things from everybody ...
1. Better slogan?
2. T-shirt/button/magnet worthy?