Tag:Chris Coghlan
Posted on: March 27, 2011 7:59 pm

3 up, 3 down for 3/27: McClellan's super spring

By Matt Snyder

3 UP

Kyle McClellan, Cardinals. He can't make the Cardinals forget about Adam Wainwright, but he's doing his damnedest to try. The Cards' No. 5 starter -- who only got a shot at the rotation when Wainwright was lost for the season -- went six strong innings Sunday. He did allow an earned run, just the second of the spring, to shoot his ERA all the way up to 0.78. He struck out five while allowing only five baserunners.

Rajai Davis, Blue Jays. Man, what a day. Davis went 5-5 with two doubles, a triple and three runs scored. Oh yeah, he stole a base, too, for good measure.

Chris Coghlan, Marlins. He's had a shortened spring due to some injuries, but Sunday should prove he's on track to begin the season on a good note. The outfielder went 2-3 with a triple -- which was bases-loaded clearing -- two runs and three RBI. With Mike Stanton back in full effect and the presence of Logan Morrison, the Marlins have a strong young outfield.


Chris Davis, Rangers. He only got one at-bat, but made it count with a strikeout. This is notable because, as blogger Scott Lucas points out , Davis struck out in eight of his last 11 at-bats. In fairness to Davis, we should point out he's got an OPS of over 1.100 with five home runs and 17 RBI this spring.

Carl Pavano, Twins. He was treated poorly by his former 'mates, as the Yankees touched Pavano up in six innings -- to the tune of 11 hits and five runs. His spring ERA is still a sweet 2.16, though.

Ricky Romero, Blue Jays. In 5 1/3 innings, Romero gave up eight hits and five earned runs. Even worse, the outing came against the Orioles, who had zero projected starters in the lineup. So he essentially allowed a run per inning to backup players on a team that finished in last place last season. On the bright side, he did strikeout six and walk none.

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Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2011 1:19 pm

Nats' manager 'disappointed' in Morgan's comments

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Nyjer Morgan told MLB.com on Friday that he thought he was on his way out of Washington, and he's probably right.

Nyjer Morgan

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said he was "disappointed" by Morgan's comments. From the Washington Post:

“Somebody brought it to my attention, and I did read it,” Manager Jim Riggleman said. “The thing about it is, Nyjer has been a tremendous worker this spring. He’s been the first guy here. He’s putting in the time in the cage, working with [third base coach] Bo Porter on his base running. He’s been an outstanding all-around guy. So I’m disappointed that he feels that.

“I’m sure it’s based on seeing the two or three other guys he’s competing with. Maybe he feels like we’re sending him a message that he’s not our center fielder. We’re still determining that. We’re still determining where he fits on the club if he’s not our center field. So, yeah, I’m disappointed. I understand where it’s coming from.”

Friday, Morgan said he could see the writing on the wall with Rick Ankiel and Jerry Hairston Jr. getting the bulk of playing time in center field.

"I'm a realist," Morgan told MLB.com's Bill Ladson. "I'm not going to sit here and be like, 'Oh, no. I want to finish my career here.' I just think this place isn't for me. I'm not saying there are bad people here. It's just that, maybe, I'm not a fit here anymore. It's time to move on."

The Nationals have made it clear that Morgan is on the block. He didn't do himself any favors with his comments on Saturday, but the reaction seems to prove his point.

Morgan is hitting .241/.328/.315 with a home run and six stolen bases this spring. Ankiel, his main competitor, is hitting .229/.288/.500 with three homers this spring. Hairston is hitting .174/.235/.304.

Morgan was the center of several incidents last season, including a brawl with the Marlins. Florida, incidently, may be the best fit for Morgan. The Marlins don't think Matt Dominguez is ready at third base and are unsure if Chris Coghlan can play center field. He could return to third base and the team would be able to use Morgan in center.

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 4:03 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2010 4:05 pm

Top 3 in lineup already known for Florida

Ramirez Manager Edwin Rodriguez revealed Saturday that he already knows who will be the first three hitters in his lineup for 2011.

As Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reveals, Chris Coghlan will lead off, followed by new Marlin Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez (pictured).

Coghlan, who is expected to play center field (or possibly second or third base), is not a burner, but is still capable of keeing pitchers honest on the bases. He had 10 swiped bags in 91 games before suffering a season-ending injury. Coghlan struggled with a .335 OBP in 2010, but had a .390 mark the year prior and should settle in around a .380 OBP, more than capable enough for a leadoff man.

Infante, meanwhile, is slated to play second but could end up moved to third. It will be his first truly full season as a starter although he cracked 500 plate appearances twice in 2004 and 2010, when he was an All-Star with Atlanta and hit .321/.359/.416 in 506 PA. Infante's on-base percentage isn't exactly impressive (career .274/.319/.395 line) but has shown the last few seasons he can handle the stick and should hit for a bating average around .300. The No. 2 spot is general looked at to be filled with someone who has good contact skills, and that's Infante.

Then you have star shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who is one of the rare five-tool players in the game and can impact the game many different ways. Hitting Ramirez third is a no-brainer, as he's the best hitter on the team.

The rest of the lineup is unclear, although Rodriguez did say that power-hitter Mike Stanton should end up in the No. 5 or 6 spot. The club also has left fielder Logan Morrison, first baseman Gaby Sanchez and catcher John Buck in the fold, with one vacancy. Given the club's flexibility, that vacancy could be filled by either a center fielder, second baseman or third baseman, with Coghlan and Infante filling whichever spots are open.

Given Buck's power bat and pricey three-year, $18 million pact, he's likely to clean up. Assuming Stanton hits behind him, that likely leaves Morrison slotted in at the sixth spot. It's difficult to place Morrison in the No. 5 spot ahead of Stanton, but Rodriguez may want to break up the slew of right-handed batters starting with Infante and continuing through Buck. However, Stanton's power commands a spot near the top of the order, which will leave No. 6 for Morrison.

Behind Morrison figures to be first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who bats lefty. That leaves one vacant spot. If the Marlins opt to fill it internally, either Emilio Bonifacio -- who couldn't hit the broadside of a barn with a bat -- will fill in or prospect Matt Dominguez. Bonifacio is a switch-hitter, Dominguez bats right-handed.

Here's a projected Marlins lineup, plus their handedness:

Chris Coghlan, L
Omar Infante, R
Hanley Ramirez, R
John Buck, R
Mike Stanton, R
Logan Morrison, L
Gaby Sanchez, R

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 2:57 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 4:02 pm

Uggla's Florida extradition expedited

Dan Uggla Dan Uggla could be a former Florida Marlin as early as this week, FoxSports.com reports .

Yesterday we wrote Uggla is likely on his way out in Florida , but today the report is the Marlins are "down the road" with several clubs and he could be moved this week.

The team had expected to move 2009 Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan to third base for 2011 from left field, but it looks like with Cameron Maybin traded to San Diego, Coghlan would move to center field. Emilio Bonifacio would play second for the Marlins and top prospect Matt Dominguez will take over at third.

The Marlins could have plenty of takers for Uggla, who will likely earn around $10 million in arbitration after hitting .287/.369/.508 with 33 home runs, his fourth consecutive season with 30 or more homers. He's the first second baseman in history to accomplish the feat. Among the potential suitors are the Tigers, Nationals, Braves, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Giants, Orioles and Cardinals.

The FoxSports.com report notes the Cubs and Angels are not interested, as the Cubs are searching a first baseman and left-handed hitter, while Uggla's attempts at defense turns off the Angels.

UPDATE: Buster Onley (via Twitter ) says two executives cast the Blue Jays as the favorite to land Uggla.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 4:08 pm

Coghlan rehabbing, expects to play third

http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/mlb/photogallery/uspw_4768700.jpg Chris Coghlan finally on the mend and has been cleared to do some light jogging after repairing a torn meniscus.

These types of surgeries are generally arthroscopic with a quicker rehab timeframe, but it was discovered that Coghlan's injury was more severe, requiring more work to repair the meniscus. That's why he's only able to lightly jog now although the surgery was back on Aug. 1.

That won't impact the 2009 Rookie of the Year's availability for spring training, however, to hear him tell it to MLB.com .

"The doctors and everybody are saying that I'm on time for where they say I should be. Everything is going great," he said. "I don't have any complaints. It's just a long rehab. For my life and for baseball down the road, it's actually better that I had to get it repaired."

Coghlan was referring to the fact that in arthroscopic surgery, a piece of the meniscus is actually snipped off while in his surgery, the entire meniscus was stitched back together.

Coghlan, who came up through the minors as a second baseman, has been a left fielder in the majors due to Dan Uggla blocking him at second. After hitting .321/.390/.460 with 31 doubles in 565 plate appearances in 2009, Coghlan got 2010 off to a poor start before suffering an injury, finishing with a .268/.335/.383 line. Coghlan had a scorching July with a 1.105 OPS before struggling in August in advance of the injury.

Coghlan won't be returning to left for 2011, however, as Florida plans to move him to third base.

"They told me third base, and I haven't heard otherwise," Coghlan said. "There are a lot of things that can still happen. You never know. But as of right now, the tentative plan is third base."

The Marlins may change that plan in the future, as the club has the whole offseason to put together a new team and are considering promoting Matt Dominguez to play third. However, Coghlan is their best bet to produce at the hot corner in 2011, so bank on that being where the 25-year-old ends up.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:40 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 10:35 am

R.I.P. Marlins: New wave arrives

RIP As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Now: the oft-maligned Florid Marlins.

The Marlins were slapped on the wrist in the offseason for not spending enough money on major-league payroll, then had their financials leaked. Meanwhile, owner Jeffrey Loria walked Fredi Gonzalez right out of town and into the grateful arms of the Braves, and the team missed .500 by one game.


The Marlins had a gaping hole at catcher for much of the season. John Baker was on the verge of establishing himself as a permanent starting catcher, but his 2010 season was cut off as soon as it had began and he underwent Tommy John surgery. That left Ronny Paulino, good only against lefties, to play full time before angering the organization after testing positive for PEDs. That left the team with Brett Hayes and Brad Davis down the stretch.

For the last two seasons, the Marlins have been waiting on Cameron Maybin to break out. They'll have to wait some more, as Maybin hit just .234/.302/.361 in 322 plate appearances and Cody Ross got the bulk of playing time in center before he was sent to the Giants. Florida remains high on the 23-year-old, but at some point has to start producing.

Ricky Nolasco has been far, far better than his ERAs of the last two seasons might indicated. Nolasco shacked up respective ERAs of 5.06 and 4.51 in 2009 and 2010, but his xFIP tells a far different story at 3.28 and 3.55, respectively. Luck and poor defense abandoned Nolasco, however, so he remains a tantalizing pitcher who just needs breaks to go his way.


Mike Stanton The Marlins introduced some intriguing prospects to the majors, the most interesting of all being Mike Stanton (pictured, right). At just 20, Stanton bashed 22 home runs in 396 PA along with 22 doubles, good enough for a .259/.326/.507 line. All he has to do is cut down on strikeouts, raise the batting average and he will be a once-in-a-generation stud. As it is, he's already a once-in-a-generation power hitter.

He's joined by Logan Morrison, a natural first baseman who is playing out of position in left for the moment. In 287 PA, LoMo hit .283/.390/.447 and gives the Fish an incredible 3-4 combo for years. First baseman Gaby Sanchez also impressed, albeit at the advanced age of 27.

Josh Johnson was a dominating pitcher and proved Florida made the right call in signing him to a four-year deal just before the regular season. Johnson had a pedestrian 11-8 record thanks to bad luck, but was absolutely stellar in other facets of the game. His 2.30 ERA, 3.15 xFIP and 186 punchouts in 183 1/3 innings makes the 26-year-old one of the best pitchers in the game.


Florida has graduated most of its better prospects already in Sanchez, Stanton, Morrison, Scott Cousins and Alex Sanabia. However, there are still two top prospects that could make an impact as soon as 2011.

Matt Dominguez, despite not playing above Double-A, is a candidate to start at third base for Florida as early as 2011. While that may be an aggressive move, Dominguez is major-league ready with the fielding and his bat should eventually come around. First, the team needs to figure out who plays where between Dominguez, Dan Uggla, Morrison, Sanchez and Chris Coghlan.

Catcher Kyle Skipworth will eventually be the answer to Florida's catching issue. While he can't step in and contribute in that capacity in 2011, he could make his debut in advance of a 2012 job. Skipworth will spend most of the year in Double-A as a 21-year-old and needs to improve his contact skills. The power is there, all Skipworth needs is to string together a few more hits.


The Marlins expect to contend, which is partly why owner Jeffrey Loria fired Fredi Gonzalez. What he didn't realize, however, was that the talent of the Marlins was pretty much of a .500 team. The club should be better next year with full seasons from Stanton and Morrison, but need to upgrade its rotation and find a capable catcher to make some noise.


The Marlins shouldn't rush Matt Dominguez to the majors. He deserves to see his bat develop more in a less strenuous setting. However, the team should plan around Dominguez' eventual promotion, even if that's not until 2012. In addition, Logan Morrison is too much of a liability on defense to stick in left field.

The club should stick Coghlan in left field with the intention of leaving him there for the next few years, or until either Scott Cousins or Isaac Galloway knock the door down. Morrison shifts to first base, with Sanchez being dangled as trade bait for either a catcher, top relief pitcher or a starter that can give Florida a deep rotation.

Dan Uggla (pictured above, right) is entering the final year of his arbitration, and the club would do well to sign him for three- to four years, although Uggla may be looking for a longer deal than that. If the Marlins can convince Uggla to take three or four years, they can go into 2012's rebranding as the Miami Marlins with a new stadium and have Uggla as a name to sell fans on. If not, Coghlan can shift to second and free agency or internal promotions used for a left fielder. Florida could also opt to trade Uggla this offseason, put Coghlan at second and package Uggla and Sanchez for a major upgrade. The latter scenario is unlikely, plus Uggla is needed by Florida if they hope to win over the next several years.


Florida will hang around the wild card chase and could even put a scare into a few teams down the stretch, but will ultimately fall short.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 9:13 pm

Marlins may call up Dominguez for 2011

Matt Dominguez "Let's face it: Matt Dominguez's coming," president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said, when addressing the team's offseason needs Sunday to the Palm Beach Post .

Dominguez was the club's first-round draft pick in 2007, going 12th overall.

On the face of it, saying that Dominguez could help the Marlins make the postseason in 2011 sounds ridiculous as the 21-year-old hit .252/.333/.411 in 577 plate appearances at the Double-A level.

However, Beinfest and the Marlins plan to focus more on pitching and defense after seeing the Fish commit 123 errors -- fifth in baseball, with Washington leading the way with 127 flubs. "There are a couple of teams playing on the West Coast [Sunday] that are probably playing for the post-season off their pitching and their defense,' he said, referring to the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.

Dominguez is considered to have major-league ready defense and could already rank as one of the best third basemen in the game on D.

"If Matt Dominguez wants to push and he's ready to play in the big leagues, that's great," Beinfest said.

One slight problem. If Dominguez plays third, what happens to incumbent Chris Coghlan, who was the 2009 Rookie of the Year? If Coghlan moves back to left field, that would bump Logan Morrison out of left. Given Morrison is a natural first baseman who made some flubs in left, that's not a terrible idea -- except rookie Gaby Sanchez put together a strong season at first.

"We know Chris can play the outfield. If something happens in the off-season and we make some changes, we know he can go back out there,' Beinfest said.

How about second base, the position Coghlan played in the minors?

Possible, except for one problem: Dan Uggla, entering the final year of arbitration-eligibility, has that position locked up as one of the best power-hitting keystoners in the game's history.

"I know there's going to be a lot of intrigue with, 'What do you do with all these position players when Chris comes back?' I think it's a good thing. It's a good problem,' Beinfest said.

The penny-pinching Fish could opt to trade Uggla (pictured), shift Coghlan to second and call up Dominguez for third. However, despite the team being so far apart on contract extension talks with Uggla, the second baseman figures to return to town after a year in which the Marlins were reprimanded for not spending enough and seeing their team financials leaked out. In addition, the Marlins are gearing up for a new stadium in 2012, which should provide an infusion of dollars.

"Just the way he plays the game — the grit, the toughness that he brings to this team — is so vital, so important," Beinfest said of Uggla, while declining to talk about how contract talks have gone thus far. "He should be commended not so much for the 30 home runs, but for the way he plays the game."

Pitching also was a topic of discussion, with Beinfest noting that "there needs to be more depth. There needs to be more quality."

Pitching in front of the bullpen is largely settled, however. Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad are locked into rotation spots, leaving just the fifth starter's spot up for grabs. Given the incumbents are all right-handed, figure on the Marlins reviewing left-handed options on the market, such as Erik Bedard, Bruce Chen, Doug Davis, Jeff Francis and Hisanori Takahashi.


"I think that is quality starting pitching,' Beinfest said of the way the rotation is lining up. "That can be the type of starting pitching that can take you deep into October.'


-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 9:48 am

Add Rays reliever to list of freak injuries

Grant Balfour It seems 2010 is the year of the freak injury -- first Kendry Morales breaks his leg jumping into home plate, then Chris Coghlan injured his knee in a post-game shaving cream pie accident and now Rays reliever Grant Balfour has gone on the DL after "wrestling" with his pitching coach.

Balfour is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a left rib strain and was placed on the disabled list this weekend. His injury was one of the reasons the Rays acquired a reliever, Chad Qualls, rather than a bat at the deadline, Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times writes .

Balfour had a 2.08 ERA and had struck out 44 batters in 43 1/3 innings.

The injury occurred Friday before batting practice when Balfour was "messing around" with Jim Hickey.

"[It was] just kind of a freaking thing," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "[It's] something that guys do almost every day in these situations. Nothing ever happens. It happened."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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