The Phillies have reached a minor-league deal with second baseman/outfielder Chris Coghlan, a source confirmed to SB Nation. MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki first reported the deal.
Coghlan, 31, split last season between the Athletics and Cubs, hitting a combined .188/.290/.318 with six homers in 99 games. He appeared at first base, third base, secon base and both corner outfield spots last season, giving the Phillies versatility on their spring roster.
Philadelphia’s bench is currently projected to include Coghlan, Aaron Altherr, Tyler Goeddel and free-agent signees Andres Blanco and Ryan Hanigan. Coghlan’s versatility will likely lead to him winning a roster spot despite his slow 2016.
Coghlan is a veteran of eight major-league seasons with the Marlins (2009-13), Cubs (2014-15, 2016) and Athletics (2016), owning a career .260/.335/.402 line and 52 homers in that time. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2009 with the Marlins, hitting .321/.390/.460 in 128 games.