Cubs Sign OF Chris Coghlan to Minor League Contract

According to multiple reports, the Cubs signed infielder/outfielder Chris Coghlan to a minor league contract that includes a non-roster invite to Major League Spring Training.

The 2009 National League Rookie of the Year has spent his entire big league career with the Marlins. Chris Coghlan hit .321/.390/.460/.850 with 31 doubles and nine home runs as a rookie in 128 games. Injuries have derailed Coghlan’s career but he appeared in 70 games for the Fish last season, the most games he’s played in a single season since 2009. Coghlan hit .256/.318/.354 with 10 doubles and one home run.

Chris Coghlan is 28 years old and can play all three outfield positions, third base and second base.

According to Joel Sherman, the Cubs would pay Chris Coghlan $800,000 for the 2014 season if he makes the majors. Coghlan’s contract includes a $250,000 performance bonus based on plate appearances and an opt out on June 15 if he is not on the Cubs’ big league roster.

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  • cubtex

    Always thought he would be worth a look to see if he can get back to where he was. He was a line drive machine in 09.

    • Ripsnorter1

      If he shows up at ST, he’s made the team.

      Let’s see:
      Ruggiano CF
      Lake LF
      Schierholtz, RF.
      Coghlan, 4th OF
      Sweeney, RF platoon.

      It’s over. All the other OF may as well forget about ST.

      • Eugene Debs

        Wow, are we really entering the season with Ruggiano as our starting CF?

        That actually just hit me.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          I believe in Ruggiano. Not saying he’s an all-start but I think a year similar to Schierholtz in 2013 could be expected from him.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    We are a team of many back up position players….but very few every day starting position players.

    • Rational Logic

      Mathematically that has to be true. It’s called a roster.

      Another way of putting it is low risk/high reward or money well spent.

      • cubtex

        He is saying that most of our starters are back up quality. Which is true

        • Rational Logic

          I, in all honesty, believe a championship team is built with a couple all-stars, a healthy pitching staff, and good complementary players, which can be viewed by many as backups.

          It’s very rare that a team has a top 5 player at his position at all spots.

          • cubtex

            no doubt. you don’t need a top 5 player at every position but you can’t have 25th ranked players at 6 positions

          • Rational Logic

            Agreed. I do not think the Cubs are a championship caliber team, however, I do see value across the diamond, and if Rizzo and Castro perform to their capabilities, the rotation is healthy, and we get better-than-expected years from a few other players, suddenly the picture is less bleak.

          • Tony_Hall

            A lot to do about roster fillers.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Isn’t there always? Tony Campana anyone?

      • cubtex

        Let’s bring up that low risk/high reward. Probably all of Theo’s aquisitions this offseason are low risk but who are the high reward players? I would say Jose Veras can be flippable for a mediocre prospect at the deadline. Tat Man? High Reward? Coghlan? High Reward? Ruggiano? High Reward? Let’s be realistic on who these pickups are.

        • Rational Logic

          Definitely high reward relative to the amount of risk (dollars paid). If you’re paying a player based on poor recent performance (Ruggiano, Coughlan) and he surpasses those metrics by either reverting to form or putting up solid numbers, that is a high reward.

          It does not mean the player has to be an all-star or hit 20 home runs. It’s on a risk-adjusted basis that the performance must be measured.

          It can also be measured against the return on a trade. Paying Maholm and Feldman low salaries for decent-to-good performance + solid prospects in a trade is an excellent win for the Cubs. That’s a high reward given the risk taken.

          • cubtex

            If you spend .50 cents on a player and he performs to a .60 cent player…..big deal. no value….no return. no woman no cry

          • Rational Logic

            Hey I’m not trying to stir it up. The value is difficult to quantify.

            Perhaps WAR/Dollars Paid Per Game would be a good start. However, it would have to taken in the scope of the position and relative to the mean of the player’s past results. That way you could see if his performance was above or below expected value based on past performance. Given the dollar paid for each WAR or other metric, you could assess the true risk/reward ratio.

            Just a thought…

          • cubtex

            I understand what you are saying. The issue I have is that these guys will not bring anything in terms of quality back in a trade. Kevin Gregg didn’t because teams didn’t trust the short sample size. David DeJesus didn’t. Teams will not be willing to give up a top prospect for a player who they are unsure if the short term production will continue in the future. Nobody was willing to meet Theo’s asking price for Schierholtz either. If you are going to rebuild and not add quality players to flip it slows down this rebuild even more.

          • 07GreyDigger

            But should you trade a guy to trade a guy? What if what they were offering wasn’t worth it? Do you trade Schierholtz because you get a D grade prospect?

          • cubtex

            get what you can get. Add a different RF option for this year and now you have another trade chip. Schierholtz won’t bring back anymore this year than he would have last. He is a platoon player.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Who cares if the rebuild takes forever? After all, these are Cubs’ fans! LOL

          • SuzyS

            It appears to me that the rebuild is about to shift gears.
            The players in the OF are not about flipping in a trade…it seems they are about giving the Cubs flexibility in low cost placeholders…awaiting arrival of the prospects.
            If Vitters/BJAX/Szczur/Ha/Bryant need a look see at the mlb level it’s not like the incumbents will really be blocking them.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Though he has 809 innings in center field in his career, defensive metrics aren’t kind to Coghlan at any outfield position.

          FAN-TASTIC!

          Another Jeff Baker out there, turning singles into triples, and fly balls into doubles!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw have agreed on a seven year, $215 million contract, sources have told ESPN. Kershaw can opt out after five years

    • cubtex

      wow! 30 mil per year. that is crazy!

      • daverj

        With all these huge tv contracts in baseball, I think we’re going to see more “crazy” extensions and free agent deals in the next few years.

        • Dorasaga

          I expect this kind of bubble to burst in two years.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Half will go for the California tax rate

    • triple

      That just made other FA pitchers a lot richer too.

      • Tom U

        Love the Avitar

        • triple

          Haha…thanks.

    • cubtex

      Kershaw at 30 mil per. Greinke at 25 mil per. I can’t imagine they are in on Tanaka anymore. That would be 75 mil per year on 3 starters. That’s more than the Cubs payroll :)

      • Tony_Hall

        That has been why many have said they don’t see the Dodgers in the Tanaka sweepstakes.

      • daverj

        Or more than 75 mil. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Tanaka land more than 20 mil per season. I think the Tanaka deal will be outrageous for a guy who has never pitched in MLB. I expect Tanaka will sign with the Yanks, but I still think the Cubs will make a massive offer.

        • cubtex

          I agree about the Yanks. They just became clear favorites now.

          • cc002600

            Now that AFRAUD is off the books for this year, I would agree that Yankees are probably the favorite. If they still had to pay him, it would have been different story, IMO. But I think Cubs still have a real shot here.

        • Larry Schwimmer

          I think you are right that the Yankees will sign Tanaka. The Dodgers are not going to pay “any amount” for him, after what they just shelled out for Kershaw. And, the Yankees will match any offer from the CUBS. So, if you were Tanaka…who would you choose to play for the Yankees or the CUBS? My hope is that Theo drives up the price for Tanaka and causes the Yankees and Cashman to “over-pay” even more for Tanaka. I think the CUBS are better off to keep their money in hand and begin spending it for the 2015 season when a few of the rookies will be up.

      • paulcatanese

        Most high schools have a higher payroll:)))

        • Dorasaga

          And to imagine that out of highschool, you worked for the government (military) to play balls in Germany.
          B-)

    • Tony_Hall
    • SuzyS

      If Ejax can improve this season…his 11 mil salary doesn’t look so bad.

      • SuzyS

        & years is too long for a pitcher…even for the ilk of Kershaw.
        Does anyone remember the 85 season…when we were on the cove of SI and were supposed to win it all? Our entire staff went down with injuries.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I would take a win for each million EJ makes at this point.

  • raymondrobertkoenig

    Ty Colvin continues to get closer to the Hall of Fame, he just signed with Baltimore.

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    Hmmmm

    • Dorasaga

      Coghlan was Rookie of the Year in either 2008 or 2009. He was the biggest contributor to my championship fantasy team that year. His BABIP was suspicious.

      Defensively really more suited as a corner outfielder, he doesn’t run or hit for power. He had good bat control. The Marlins threw him into centerfield too long, and I think that hurt him more than helped him, both physically and mentally.

      I don’t expect Hoyer & Co. repeat Florida’s mistake. If this organization can help Chris even find 80% of what he did in his award-winning year, then this will be a “best buy” on position players for the Cubs. Look at Maholm, Dejesus, and Bogusevic, which were good buys value-to-contract-wise, long and short terms (traded for good prospects, too).

      • No Baseball In Indiana

        It’s a rhetorical question .

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Millionaires!

  • SuzyS

    If the Dodgers land Tanaka, that means either Josh Beckett or Chad Billingsley might be available via trade.
    A) Should we be interested?
    B) What should it take to get the trade done?

    • Dorasaga

      Yes. Maybe Billingsley for Fujikawa + PTBNL.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      A – NO
      B – If Beckett or Billingsley has severe TJ injury, and Dodgers willing to add two or three other top notch L.A. prospects, plus lots of cash for Jeff Samardzija.

  • Dorasaga

    By the way, the Angels signed Ibanez today. I know they can fit him at DH. Yet, considering that you can’t never be too optimistic with an aged 34 in Pujols, you’ll never know what the Halos might do with Calhoun and Shuck at outfield.

    These two are good trade candidates, much better than the platoon players the Cubs own right now. They have cool names, too.

    I haven’t researched much of Shuck, but he seems defensively good as reputed. He pitched in one minor league game while with the Astros organization, finished the game. Must had some arm. LOL

    A winning mentality mid-season might force Anaheim to trade away young for an established veteran.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Does this mean the Angels Trout will be a $40 or a $50 million per year player?

    • Ripsnorter1

      I don’t know, but I do know this:

      The Cubs entire OF will make less dough in their entire careers than Mike Trout will make in one year, once he hits FA.

      • GaryLeeT

        come on now. Lake has a bit of a chance.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Great signing…could be this year’s Scott Hairston or more…

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