Ranking the 4 most underrated Cubs from the last decade: #3 - Chris Coghlan
I know it makes me sound old, talking about guys who 'played the game the right way' - but, man, Chris Coghlan did. He and Reed Johnson are two of my favorite (albeit often forgotten) former Cubs because they were up for anything - whatever the team needed, Coghlan could be counted on to deliver.
Coghlan, a former NL Rookie of the Year with the Marlins, spent 2014-15 with the Cubs, putting up a 117 OPS+ at the dish while playing first, second, third and both corner outfield spots defensively. He ranked third in the NL in outfield assists among left fielders in 2015, but was traded to the Athletics in Feb. 2016.
Things didn't work out for Coghlan in Oakland, where he mustered just a 33 OPS+ (.146/.215/.272) line in 172 trips to the plate and in June, the Cubs re-acquired him - sending Arismendy Alcantara to the A's in return. Down the stretch, Coghlan did what he'd always done in a Cubs uniform - produce - turning in a 109 OPS+ after returning to Chicago.
He never factored into the postseason picture much for the Cubs, but played a key role as the team turned the corner on its rebuild and provided big-time depth for Maddon in both 2015 and 2016.