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Marlins moving Chris Coghlan from left field to third base

Nov 11, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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Chris Coghlan has played left field in all but one of his 219 career games, but according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com “the Marlins plan on converting Coghlan from left field to third base” in 2011.

It presumably won’t take much to convert him, because Coghlan was actually a full-time infielder in the minors before switching to left field when he joined the Marlins in 2009. In fact, he’d never started a professional game in the outfield prior to doing so for the Marlins.

Coghlan was primarily a second baseman in the minors, but also saw action at third base 42 times in parts of four minor-league seasons. By moving him to the infield the Marlins clear room for Logan Morrison, Cameron Maybin, and Mike Stanton to patrol the outfield full time.

Before he can change positions again Coghlan has to get healthy first, as he missed the final six weeks of the season following knee surgery. Frisaro reports that Coghlan has only been cleared to do light jogging at this point, but seems confident that he’ll be ready for spring training despite his recovery time being “longer than initially expected because of the severity of the tear.”

  1. ta192 - Nov 11, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Not like it wasn’t expected…

  2. Old Gator - Nov 11, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Sure beats spending the money to go out and get a real major league third baseman with range and flexibility, doesn’t it? No matter – the Feesh haven’t had a real third baseman since they traded Mike Lowell. Well, let’s see how deep into the first base side field boxes Chris can throw. Stepping in behind Which Way Did He Go Jorge Cantu, he’ll have big, loose shoes to fill. And making all those dives, pivots and collisions with incoming baserunners ought to add years to his surgically reconstructed knee – might even blow it out again just before arbitration, hey Scrooge?

    • ta192 - Nov 11, 2010 at 9:31 PM

      But, if he does survive, he can go play for an actual big league team someday. Let’s wish the kid luck, he looks like an O.K. guy…

  3. Old Gator - Nov 12, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    There was a short bio of him on ESPN or some such place last Summer. Yeah, the all American kid. I do hope he survives, so I can watch him pouring champagne on his head in someone else’s clubhouse some day – you know, the way ex-Feesh do.

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