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Modest Proposal
April 01, 2013
The Marlins would love to revive the career of 2009 NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan, who missed most of '10 and '11 with a knee injury and shoulder problems and spent all but 39 games last year in Triple A. The best way to do this is to allow the 27-year-old—who is playing the outfield this spring and has spent most of his pro career there—to return to third base, his college position. Coghlan is a terrible outfielder, and that is no fault of his own. Though he had made only one professional appearance in the outfield before his rookie season, the Marlins moved him to left in '09 to get his bat in the lineup. The ill-considered decision to make Coghlan a centerfielder in '11 led to a decline at the plate and a dreadful performance in the field. Coghlan hit .284/.375/.435 at Triple A last year with more walks than strikeouts, and he could still be an asset for a lineup that will struggle to get runners on base and score runs. Rather than kill time with 37-year-old Placido Polanco, the Marlins should put Coghlan at the hot corner and give him a full season.
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April 01, 2013

Modest Proposal

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The Marlins would love to revive the career of 2009 NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan, who missed most of '10 and '11 with a knee injury and shoulder problems and spent all but 39 games last year in Triple A. The best way to do this is to allow the 27-year-old—who is playing the outfield this spring and has spent most of his pro career there—to return to third base, his college position. Coghlan is a terrible outfielder, and that is no fault of his own. Though he had made only one professional appearance in the outfield before his rookie season, the Marlins moved him to left in '09 to get his bat in the lineup. The ill-considered decision to make Coghlan a centerfielder in '11 led to a decline at the plate and a dreadful performance in the field. Coghlan hit .284/.375/.435 at Triple A last year with more walks than strikeouts, and he could still be an asset for a lineup that will struggle to get runners on base and score runs. Rather than kill time with 37-year-old Placido Polanco, the Marlins should put Coghlan at the hot corner and give him a full season.

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