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OF Coghlan signs minor league deal with Cubs

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Five years after winning National League Rookie of the Year, Chris Coghlan signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. The outfielder/third baseman received an invitation to Chicago's major league spring camp.

Coghlan became a free agent last month when the Miami Marlins did not tender him a contract at the deadline, choosing not to go to salary arbitration with him.

The 28-year-old will be paid $800,000 if he is on the big-league roster, and his salary could top $1 million if he receives all incentive bonuses, according to the New York Daily News.

Last season, Coghlan played 70 games with Miami, hitting .256 with a .318 on-base percentage, a .354 slugging percentage, one homer and 10 RBIs.

As a rookie in 2009, Coghlan batted .321/.390/.460 with nine homers and 47 RBIs in 128 games.

Over the next four seasons, he hit a combined .242/.307/.352 with 12 homers and 70 RBIs in 265 games.

The Cubs' corner outfield spots are set with Junior Lake in left and Nate Schierholtz in right. Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Sweeney figure to see action in center field. Other outfielders vying for spots this spring will include Darnell McDonald, Ryan Roberts and Ryan Kalish.
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