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Rumor Mill: Edmonds and Taguchi.

The Cardinals need an outfielder and they need a lefty hitter off of the bench with some pop... But Cardinals' GM John Mozeliak told a creative fan at the Winter Warm up that he's not thinking about bringing back former Redbird hero Jim Edmonds to fill those openings.

Edmonds left on bad terms and publicly feuded with manager Tony La Russa after his departure and eventual decision to sign with the rival Cubs. But the pair have reportedly made up and it doesn't seem like a personality conflict would stand in the way of the move.

Edmonds, 39, hasn't said he is ready to retire despite being unable to find a job all last season. It seems. because of the lack of interest from other clubs, that he would be more willing to accept a reserve roll than he has been in the past.

It looks like former Cardinals outfielder So Taguchi's major league career is over.

Taguchi, 40, is reportedly close to signing a deal with the Nippon Ham Fighters back in his homeland of Japan.

A hero of the 2006 National League Championship series when he hit a key homer of of Mets closer Billy Wagner to help send the Cardinals to the fall classic, Taguchi moved on to the Phillies in 2007 where he won a second World Series ring. But his playing time diminished steadily and he ended up with the Cubs last year as an afterthought.