The Cubs parted ways with Chris Coghlan in February, shipping him to the A's in exchange for Aaron Brooks, but a two-month slump in Oakland ultimately led him back to the Cubs as part of an in-season trade in June. Coghlan returned to form after the deal back to Chicago with a .252/.391/.388 line in a part-time role over 48 games. While the combined performance is that of a below replacement-level player, Coghlan's resurgence with the Cubs closely resembled his output with the club in 2014 and 2015. As a result, he should get an opportunity as a platoon player, or at least steady contributor off the bench somewhere in 2017. There is little reason to think he will see enough playing time to approach his career-high 16 homers from 2015, however, as he can't hit lefties (.427 OPS against southpaws last season), and his defense has graded out as below average in seven of his eight big league seasons.
Coghlan agreed to a minor league deal with the Phillies on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. The utility man split time between the A's and Cubs last season, hitting a combined .188/.290/.318, although his second half with the Cubs (.252/.391/.388) was much improved from his first half (.146/.215/.272). He can play pretty much anywhere and could be a valuable utility player for the Phillies if he can hit like he did with Chicago.
Coghlan is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Giants. Coghlan picked up a good chunk of playing time toward the end of the season as the left-handed replacement for Jorge Soler, but he'll take the day off despite the fact that right-hander Johnny Cueto is toeing the rubber for San Francisco. Ben Zobrist will man left field in his stead while Javier Baez takes over at second base.
Coghlan is out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. The Cubs have been using a number of players in left field during the final week of the season, but Coghlan has been the primary option, with starts at the position in three of the previous five games. While Jorge Soler will get the nod in left for the regular season finale, Coghlan still looks like the leading candidate to see the bulk of the time at the position in the postseason by virtue of being the left-handed hitter of the two.
Coghlan (ankle) is back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Coghlan suffered a mild left ankle sprain Wednesday, but apparently just one day off was enough for him to draw back into action. He'll get the nod in left field Friday and bat seventh against Cincinnati starter Josh Smith.
Coghlan (ankle) is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates. Coghlan will get at least one day to rest due to the ankle injury that forced him from Wednesday's contest. Willson Contreras will man left field for the Cubs on Thursday night.