May 28, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Miami Marlins center fielderChris Coghlan
(8) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Cubs have added more outfield depth in the form of 2009 National League Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Sherman reports it is a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. He will earn $800,000 if he makes the big league team out of camp and could potentially earn another $250,000 in incentives. Should Coghlan not be on the Major League roster by mid-June, he will be able to opt out of the deal at that time.
Last season with Miami, Coghlan, 28, hit .256/.318/.354 with one home run and 10 runs batted in, after appearing in just 70 games. He has failed to appear in more than 100 games since his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2009 when he batted .321/.390/.460 with nine home runs and 47 RBIs for the Marlins.
Coghlan adds more outfield depth to a Cubs team that includes an array of options, including Junior Lake, Brett Jackson, Ryan Sweeney, Nate Schierholtz and Justin Ruggiano – also a former member of the Marlins. That’s not to mention the fact that Jorge Soler, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant could all end up as big league outfielders in the near future.
The former 36th-overall pick is not a strong defender in any outfield position and has a career WAR of -0.2 in five big league seasons.