CHICAGO – It’s been an interesting few months for a reserve outfielder who found himself going from the Midwest to the West Coast and then back again within a matter of four months.
But Chris Coghlan is right back where he started off the 2016 season.
On Thursday the Cubs traded to get the outfielder back from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for infielder Arismendy Alcantara. On February 25th, the Cubs sent Coghlan to the A’s in exchange for pitcher Aaron Brooks.
It’s a pretty rare moment in baseball where a player was traded and reacquired in the same season, but Coghlan figures to be happy the Cubs did so.
In Oakland the outfielder was batting a sub-par .146 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 51 games this season, 46 of which were starts.
That was down a bit from perhaps Coghlan’s best season as a pro in 2015 when he batted .250 with a career-high 16 homers and 58 RBIs in helping the Cubs to a Wild Card berth in the playoffs.
An eight-year MLB veteran, Coghlan is a career .260 hitter with the Marlins, Cubs and Athletics.