According to a report from Carrie Muskat, the Cubs and OF Chris Coghlan agreed to terms on a one-year contract and avoided arbitration.
Chris Coghlan settled with the Cubs for $4.8 million. Coghlan was paid $2.505 million last season and was projected to make between $3.3-3.8 million for 2016. Coghlan received $1 million more than his highest projection.
Coghlan is in the final year of arbitration. He becomes a free agent following the 2016 season.
The Cubs have avoided arbitration with eight of the nine arbitration eligible players, only RHP Jake Arrieta did not agree to terms Friday.
Chris Coghlan is in the final year of arbitration. He becomes a free agent following the 2016 season.
Chris Coghlan played in a career-high 148 games last season and batted .250/.341/.443 with a .784 OPS, down from the .283/.352/.452/.804 in 125 games in 2014. Coghlan was a big factor for the Cubs through the first four months of the year.
Coghlan hit a career-high 16 home runs with 25 doubles, six triples and also set a career-mark with 58 walks. Coghlan spent most of his time in left field (99 games) but also saw playing time in right field (21), second base (15), first base (5) and third base (3). Coghlan batted .264/.355/.476 with a .831 OPS versus right-handed pitching and hit all 16 home runs and 24 of his doubles. Maddon let him face lefties only 49 times and he hit .116/.208/.140 in 40 games.
The Cubs have avoided arbitration with eight of nine arbitration eligible players: Travis Wood ($6.17 million), Justin Grimm ($1.275 million), Rex Brothers ($1.42 million), Clayton Richard ($2 million, plus incentives), Hector Rondon ($4.2 million), Adam Warren ($1.7 million), Pedro Strop ($4.4 million) and Chris Coghlan ($4.8 million).