Cowgill signed a minor-league deal with Philadelphia on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports. Cowgill will earn $800,000 if he makes the big-league roster. In 2017, the outfielder appeared in 58 games for Triple-A El Paso within the Padres' organization, slashing .235/.297/.390 with seven home runs and 24 RBI. He hasn't competed in the majors since playing in 55 games with the Angels in 2015, and is unlikely to make much of an impact at the highest level during this upcoming season.
Cowgill (rib) went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the Padres' Cactus League game against the Giants on Saturday. Cowgill had been sidelined for the previous two weeks with rib-cage tightness, which has effectively taken him out of the running for a reserve gig in the outfield. Look for him to be reassigned to minor-league camp in the coming days and open 2017 with Triple-A El Paso.
Cowgill was scratched from Saturday's lineup with rib cage tightness. The issue doesn't seem overly serious, but he should be considered day-to-day for now. Cowgill is in a battle with Jabari Blash, Nick Buss, and Rafael Ortega for a reserve outfield spot, but the 30-year-old is likely bound for the minors to start the season.
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.