Cubs sign Coghlan to minor league deal


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The Cubs signed outfielder Chris Coghlan to a minor league deal Wednesday afternoon with an invitation to Spring Training.

The 28-year-old was named the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year with the Marlins after hitting .321/.390/.460 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with nine homers in 565 plate appearances. He has struggled to put up similar numbers since, however, posting a .256/.318/.354 line in 70 games in 2013.

Coghlan will battle for an outfield spot with a group that already includes former Miami teammate Justin Ruggiano, Nate Schierholtz, Junior Lake, Ryan Sweeney and a slew of minor leaguers.

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