1/15 Cubs sign Coghlan

The Cubs have signed Chris Coghlan, the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year, to a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invitation. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Coghlan will make $800,000 if he makes the Major League roster. The left-handed hitting outfielder/third baseman can earn another $250,000 in incentives.

A supplemental first-round pick by the Marlins in 2006, Coghlan emerged as the NL Rookie of the Year in 2009, batting .321 with a .390 on-base percentage.

After his stellar rookie season, the 28-year-old has dealt with a number of injuries. With Miami last year, Coghlan appeared in 70 games and he batted .256 with a .318 on-base percentage. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 9 with right calf irritation, and he also was bothered by a back issue.

A converted infielder, Coghlan has spent most of his MLB career in the outfield, where he can play all three positions. He saw limited action (eight games) in ’13 at third base.

The Marlins non-tendered Coghlan on Dec. 2, making him a free agent. He’s a career .270 hitter with a .337 on-base and .390 slugging percentage.

7 Comments

Not knowing alot about him but reclamation and thirdbase will always make me a bit squimish after the Ian Stewart project.

Coghlan is signing a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. He will not make the team unless he has a really good spring and there’s room for him on the 40-man roster. Ian Stewart was part of a junk for junk trade and has absolutely nothing to do with the 2014 Cubs. Can we all please just sniff glue until the part of our brain that stores the memory of Ian Stewart is destroyed and we’ll never have to read a post that mentions Ian Stewart again?

At least this is just a Minor League contract. The part that bothers me is, back problems. Depending on the problem, that may be an injury there is no cure for.

He was a ROY and a 1st round Draft pick, so really no reason not to sign him. Maybe he can do a decent job for a year or two.

Muhammed Ali had his bum of the month club, the Cubbies have their reclamation project of the month club. Nothing changes, it just goes around. Can any one rid me of these unhealthy players? Is there no one out there who can play without a medical problem? Geez!

Diamondjim23, as explained time & time again, they are signing reclamation projects to get by a couple years until prospects are ready.
If the guy dont work out, he will be dropped. If he does help, thats a bonus. I really dont see the problem?

Diamond Jim we have to do the best we can till prospects deliver say 2015 THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE BASEBALL,KNOWLEDGE.

Jasper, like your post. Cubs have nothing to lose by signing this guy. Look out 2015!

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