Miami Marlins‘ outfielder and former National League Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan came into the 2013 season as a platoon player at center field with Justin Ruggiano. Coghlan barely played in 2012 because of injuries and since his award-winning season in 2009, Coghlan has not played more than 100 games in a season. With his declining statistics and his incredible susceptibility to injuries, his status with the Marlins should be up in the air.
Coghlan has continually been re-signed to one-year deals but with the development of Ruggiano and with Jake Marisnick set to come up as well, the Marlins’ outfield is crowded and Coghlan could be one that gets the boot this coming offseason. Coghlan has Super 2 status this offseason and is arbitration eligible which means he will most likely be back with the Marlins unless he is designated for assignment.
The front office really should take a look at Coghlan and the future of the team and make an educated decision regarding his future with the team. With a youth movement within the organization taking place, Coghlan’s poor stats do not make him a contender to become a starter in the organization any time soon. He is batting .271/.336/.394 in 386 games with Miami.
Coghlan could become a full-time utilityman for the Marlins but with the way the future looks for Miami, he could be booted and replaced with Marisnick or Ruggiano.