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Marlins demote former Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan to Triple-A

Jun 17, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT


They haven’t fired their manager (yet), but the Marlins made a surprising move today by demoting Opening Day center fielder and former Rookie of the Year winner Chris Coghlan to Triple-A.

Coghlan was asked to switch to center field this season after previously never playing the position as a pro and has fared relatively well there, but he hit just .230 with five homers in 65 games, as his OPS has dropped from .850 as a rookie to .718 last season and now .668 this year.

Making the move even more surprising is that the Marlins called up journeyman DeWayne Wise from Triple-A to take Coghlan’s roster spot and compete with Emilio Bonifacio to replace him in center field.

Wise signed a minor-league deal with the Marlins last week after the Blue Jays agreed to let him go despite a .338 batting average at Triple-A, but he’s a 33-year-old career .222 hitter with a .642 OPS in 376 games in the majors. In other words, for as bad as Coghlan has been this season he’s still out-produced Wise’s career numbers. Bonifacio has similarly terrible career numbers, although he’s been more productive this year.

Losing 14 of 15 games tends to convince a team they need to do something, but this move certainly doesn’t make the Marlins any better.

  1. ja4ed - Jun 17, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    They didn’t call up Bryan Petersen? That seems like a no-brainer.

    • addictedzone - Jun 17, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      I’m guessing they figured to play center field they would call up the .330 hitting center fielder rather than the .340 hitting corner outfielder.

  2. sportsdrenched - Jun 17, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Angel Berroa called. I want’s his ROY back too.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 17, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    This is Scrooge McLoria’s idea of a wake-up call but it also steenks of panic. Oddly enough, Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports wrote a scathing article about the Feesh “brain” trust yesterday in which he mentions that the Chihuahua – who becomes a little more loathsome every time you learn something more about him – likes to threaten players with demotion when he doesn’t think they’re hitting well enough, among other things:

    • jwbiii - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:14 PM

      That is rather more pointed than the usual Passan column.

  4. Jeremiah Graves - Jun 17, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Remember when they traded Cameron Maybin…what the heck was that all about?!

    • Old Gator - Jun 17, 2011 at 11:34 PM

      That was about strengthening the boolpen.

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