Cubs add Chris Coghlan to outfield mix

Cubs add Chris Coghlan to outfield mix
January 15, 2014, 5:30 pm
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In a winter defined by low-risk investments, the Cubs have signed Chris Coghlan to a minor-league deal, hoping the National League’s 2009 Rookie of the Year still has something left.

That year, Coghlan hit .321 with nine homers, 31 doubles, 47 RBI and a .390 on-base percentage in 128 games with the Florida Marlins. But since then, Coghlan, 28, has watched his production steadily decline.

The Marlins selected Coghlan out of the University of Mississippi with the 36th overall pick in the 2006 draft. He’s spent time on the Triple-A level in four of the last five seasons.

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The agreement, which was first reported Wednesday by the New York Post, also includes an invitation to major-league camp, where Coghlan will compete to be the club’s fifth outfielder. The Cubs have already penciled in Junior Lake, Nate Schierholtz, Ryan Sweeney and Justin Ruggiano.

The Cubs are not inclined to bring in another outfielder on a guaranteed major-league deal, feeling like they have some placeholder depth with guys like Ryan Kalish, Darnell McDonald, Ryan Roberts, Brett Jackson and Matt Szczur.

The Cubs had also been monitoring Grady Sizemore, another bounce-back candidate. Sizemore, 31, earned three All-Star selections and two Gold Gloves with the Cleveland Indians, but injuries have sidelined him since 2011.