Chris Coghlan broke into the majors with the Marlins and was an instant success, hitting .321/.390/.460 in his first season and winning 2009 Rookie of the Year honors in the National League. Since then, things haven't gone quite as well, with just two seasons where he hit above the .260 mark while playing for the Marlins, Cubs and Oakland. He returned to Chicago for his second stint with the Cubs last season after being dealt to Oakland last February. The Cubs reacquired him in June and he was a member of their team that won the 2016 World Series.
In his career, Coghlan has played in 765 major league games with a line of 52-229-.260/.335/.402 in just over 2,500 at-bats. Generally, Coghlan has been able to play in the majors on a regular basis since making his debut with the Cubs in May of 2009. He has had just sporadic stints in the minors since then.
An attractive part of signing Coghlan is his versatility. The 31-year old can play both corner outfield positions and also played first, second and third in the majors last season.
Along with the contract comes an invitation to Spring Training, where Coghlan will fight for a utility role with the team. The fact that he could also spell Tommy Joseph at first base and contribute at a number of other positions, may give him an edge if he is close to making the club.
Coghlan followed up his rookie campaign with a solid 5-28-.268/.335/.383 line in 2010 and his best season since then came in 2014 when he hit 9-41-.283/.352/.452 with the Cubs, playing in 125 games that season. His highest home run output came the following season when he played in a career-high 148 games and hit 16 home runs, topping his previous career-high of nine in a season.
The Marlins drafted Coghlan with the 36th overall pick in the 2006 Draft out of the University of Mississippi.
Chris Coghlan career stats