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Chris Coghlan signed a one-year, minor league deal with the Phillies to fight for a utility role with the team.

After earning a World Series ring as a member of the Chicago Cubs, outfielder Chris Coghlan finds himself coming into Spring Training fighting for a job. The veteran outfielder signed a minor league deal with an invitation to camp.

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.

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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

YearTmGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLG
2009 FLA 128 504 84 162 31 6 9 47 8 5 53 77 .321 .390 .460
2010 FLA 91 358 60 96 20 3 5 28 10 3 33 84 .268 .335 .383
2011 FLA 65 269 33 62 20 1 5 22 7 6 22 49 .230 .296 .368
2012 MIA 39 93 10 13 1 0 1 10 0 2 9 12 .140 .212 .183
2013 MIA 70 195 10 50 10 3 1 10 2 0 17 43 .256 .318 .354
2014 CHC 125 385 50 109 28 5 9 41 7 4 39 81 .283 .352 .452
2015 CHC 148 440 64 110 25 6 16 41 11 2 58 94 .250 .341 .443
2016 TOT 99 261 35 49 12 2 6 30 2 1 35 73 .188 .290 .318
2016 OAK 51 158 14 23 5 0 5 14 1 1 13 47 .146 .215 .272
2016 CHC 48 103 21 26 7 2 1 16 1 0 22 26 .252 .391 .388
8 Yrs 765 2505 346 651 147 26 52 229 47 23 266 513 .260 .335 .402
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/4/2017.


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