Cowgill signed a minor league contract with the Padres on Tuesday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He joins Jabari Blash, Nick Buss, and Rafael Ortega in the competition for a reserve outfield spot. Cowgill spent most of 2016 with Triple-A Columbus as part of the Cleveland organization, where he slashed .234/.311/.320. He's a long shot to make the roster out of spring training and likely bound for the minors.
Cowgill was designated for assignment Thursday. This move was done to create room for Adam Moore on the 40-man roster. Over 100 games with Columbus in 2016, Cowgill owns a .236/.310/.326 line.
Cowgill was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday. With Lonnie Chisenhall being activated from the DL, Cowgill was optioned down to Triple-A to make room for him. Cowgill was 1-for-12 in the big leagues after hitting just .188 last season for the Angels. He'll try to right the ship in Triple-A.
Cowgill is in the lineup and batting ninth for Tuesday's game against the Mariners. Cowgill is just 1-for-9 to start the season, but will get the start in place of Jose Ramirez. His fantasy value is minimal due to a lack of playing time and offensive production.
Cowgill will bat ninth and play right field in Wednesday's game against the Rays. Cowgill is hitless in five at-bats this season, but draws into the lineup over Jose Ramirez in the outfield while Marlon Byrd slides over to left field. Cowgill is coming off arguably his worst season last year, hitting .188 in 55 games with the Angels. Upon Michael Brantley's return, Cowgill will likely find at-bats extremely difficult to come by.