While the Blue Jays still have some questions about the strength of left field, the team has acquired some strong depth on the eve of Opening Day. The Bisons’ Twitter account has confirmed that the Jays have signed Chris Coghlan to a minor league deal. The former NL Rookie of the Year will report to Buffalo.
— Buffalo Bisons (@BuffaloBisons) April 1, 2017
Since his breakout campaign, Coghlan’s career has been divided between his time with and without the Cubs. Coghlan racked up 5.7 fWAR with Chicago from 2014-2015. During that time, he posted a WRC+ of 119 to go along with a .346 OBP and some above average outfield defence. His 2016 had a different tone. He split the year between Oakland and the Cubs. While in Oakland, he posted a slash line of .146/.215/.272 . That said, he was more in line with his usual Chicago-self when he returned to the Cubs. Coghlan was released by the Phillies earlier this week.
If the Jays can harness what Coghlan has displayed in Chicago, then there is every reason to believe that he can win the everyday left field role at some point this season. It wouldn’t hurt to add another left-handed bat to this lineup, especially if he can post an OBP north of .340. Whether the Jays can realize that potential remains to be seen. At this point, though, Coghlan does appear to be an intriguing option to replace Melvin Upton Jr. and Ezequiel Carrera.