Coghlan is the second outfielder acquired by Oakland in the last couple weeks, joining former Brewer Khris Davis. Coghlan and Davis will join Coco Crisp, Sam Fuld, Mark Canha, Billy Burns and Josh Reddick in a crowded outfield mic for the A's.
Coghlan will provide versatility for the A's, as he appeared at five positions (first base, second base, third base, left field and right field) last season for the Cubs. The former Rookie of the Year hit .250/.341/.443 with 16 home runs in 148 games in his second season as a Cub. He was made expendable by the team's shocking reunion with Dexter Fowler, who agreed to a 1-year deal on Thursday after reports surfaced that he had agreed to sign with the Orioles earlier in the week.
Brooks, 25, has now been traded twice since July, originally joining the Athletics from the Royals as part of the return for Ben Zobrist. The righty struggled to a 6.71 ERA in 11 appearances (9 starts) down the stretch for Oakland, and profiles as either a back-end rotation piece or long reliever in the future. He will likely be a Triple-A option for the Cubs.