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Blue Jays sign Chris Coghlan

Coghlan gets a minors deal from Toronto.

MLB: Spring Training-Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Days after being released by the Phillies, the Blue Jays signed Chris Coghlan to a minor league deal, the club announced. Coghlan will open the season in Triple-A.

Though it seemed Coghlan would be a candidate to compete for a spot on Philadelphia’s roster, he struggled throughout the spring. He posted a .231/.319/.282 batting line after struggling over 99 major league contests last season.

The Phillies made the decision after Coghlan didn’t agree to sign a form that would have given the team the ability to cut or option him to the minors within the first 45 days of the season, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.

With the Athletics and Cubs in 2016, Coghlan hit .188/.290/.318 with six home runs and 30 RBIs. His numbers with Chicago were significantly better, though. Over 48 contests with the Cubs, Coghlan hit .252/.391/.388 with one home run and 16 RBIs.

Coghlan is capable of playing in the outfield and at second and third base, adding notable depth for the Blue Jays. If Ezequiel Carrera struggles, Coghlan could emerge as a candidate to receive playing time in left field.