According to multiple reports Friday, the Cubs and OF Chris Coghlan agreed to terms on a one-year deal for $2.505 million.
Chris Coghlan is the second of the Cubs seven arbitration eligible players to agree to teams with the team prior to Friday’s deadline to exchange salary arbitration figures. The Cubs and LHP Felix Doubront agreed to terms Thursday on a one-year, $1.925 million contract for the 2015 season.
Chris Coghlan had a good year and Theo Epstein said he’s in the Cubs’ plans for the upcoming season. But his role is still underdetermined. Coghlan played for $503,000 last year and signed for more than expected, arbitration estimate for Chris Coghlan was around $1.2-1.5 million.
After the Cubs signed Chris Denorfia to a one-year deal for $2.6 million it was believed Coghlan and Denorfia would begin the season in left field, reports in recent days have suggested otherwise, but he should figure into the mix in the outfield.
Coghlan signed a minor league contract with the Cubs last winter that included a non-roster invite to big league camp. After missing the Opening Day lineup in favor of Ryan Kalish, Coghlan spent the first month with Triple-A Iowa.
Coghlan earned regular playing time when Junior Lake failed to grab the left fielder’s job and both Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Sweeney dealt with injuries. Coghlan batted .283/.352/.452 with 28 doubles, five triples and nine home runs for a .804 OPS in 125 games. Coghlan ended up with his best season since he was named the NL Rookie of the Year in 2009.
Chris Coghlan is under club control for two more years through the 2016 season.