Coghlan weighing all options
MIAMI — The Marlins have interest in bringing Chris Coghlan back, but the 28-year-old is weighing all his options.
In a text messages to MLB.com on Wednesday night, Coghlan confirmed he is considering an opportunity to rejoin the Marlins. But he noted he has already been contacted by a number of other clubs.
“Right now, honestly, I’m just evaluating the numerous offers, with Miami being one of them,” Coghlan replied in a text. “[I] will decide on which team in the near future.”
Coghlan became a free agent on Monday when he was non-tendered by the Marlins.
The 2009 National League Rookie of the Year did not identify any other teams who have contacted him in recent days. Coghlan added there is a “good amount of interest.”
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill on Wednesday afternoon said on a conference call to beat reporters that the team would like to bring Coghlan back.
“We’re actually trying to re-sign Chris, to keep him in the organization,” Hill said.
A compensatory first-round pick in 2006, Coghlan batted .321 in ’09, the year he won top NL Rookie honors. But injuries have hampered him since he underwent left knee surgery in 2010. Last year, Coghlan was limited to 70 games with Miami, due to right calf and back ailments.
“He came through our system and was Rookie of the Year,” Hill said.
Had Coghlan been tendered, his role would have been as a reserve outfielder, who could play some third base.
“It would be a similar role, if he were to re-sign,” Hill said. “He would have to compete. If not, he would be prepared to go to Triple-A and help the club when that need arose.”
In his first year eligible for arbitration, Coghlan was projected to make about $1 million in ’14. Hill noted the Marlins would like the left-handed hitting outfielder back at a reduced cost.
Coghlan would not say if Miami was ready to present a big league contract, or bring him back on a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invitation.
If another team offers a big league deal, it is likely Coghlan will move on from Miami.
– Joe Frisaro