Chris Coghlan’s up-and-down odyssey with the Miami Marlins is over.
Coghlan has signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. The deal will pay him $800,000 if he makes the majors and an additional $250,000 in incentives based on plate appearances.
The Marlins had non-tendered Coghlan but also spoken to him about returning.
Coghlan’s career with the Marlins involved many twists and turns, and more than a few hard landings — literally and figuratively.
One season after winning the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2009 — an honor built largely on two outstanding months the second half of that season — he sustained a damaging knee injury while planting a shaving cream pie in the face of teammate Wes Helms following a walkoff victory.
Coghlan never managed to get on track after that, as he battled knee and back issues, moved from one position to another, and never re-discovered the hitting consistency that made him so successful as a rookie.