Chris Coghlan is back on the North Side.
The Chicago Cubs sent infielder Arismendy Alcantara to Oakland in exchange for Coghlan. The Cubs traded Coghlan to Oakland back in February for right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks.
Coghlan hit .265 in 273 games with the Cubs. Last season, he had career-high marks in homers, extra-base hits and walks. He played in 148 games and was a key contributor in the Cubs earning their first playoff berth since 2008.
His 2016 campaign is off to a terrible start—he's slashing .146/.215/.272. But, Coghlan adds positional depth in the outfield and he also proved his ability to play second base last year with the Cubs.
Alcantara, 24, is hitting .264/.315/.437 with 5 HR and a PCL leading 21 stolen bases in 21 attempts. Once considered a Top 10 Cubs prospect, Alcantara was a perennial all-star during his eight-year minor league career with the Cubs, earning honors from 2012-15 in the Florida State, Southern League and Pacific Coast leagues. He made his MLB debut in 2014, hitting .205 in 70 games, and only played in 11 big league game last year before spending the rest of the season at Iowa.
To make room on the 25-man roster for Coghlan, the Cubs placed IF Tommy La Stella on the DL with a hamstring injury. La Stella missed most of last season with an oblique injury.