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

Apr 30, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

Chris Coghlan AP

For the second straight season Chris Coghlan has been sent down to Triple-A, as the Marlins demoted the former Rookie of the Year winner yesterday after he hit just .118 in 36 plate appearances as a bench player.

Coghlan took the news well, telling Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald that the demotion wasn’t as tough on him as last year and “it’s going to be good for me in the long run because I get to go down and play every day and you never know what can happen.”

Coghlan has fallen so far out of the Marlins’ plans at this point that he may be better off getting an opportunity to start over elsewhere, although there’s little incentive for Miami to trade him with his value at an all-time low.

Since being named Rookie of the Year in 2009 on the strength of a .321 batting average Coghlan has hit just .245 with a .675 OPS in 175 games. He’s defensively versatile in the sense that he has experience at multiple positions, but isn’t actually a good defender at any of them and even Coghlan’s minor-league production was lacking last season.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Whereas it’s true that Coghlan has fallen out of the Feesh’s plans this season, the Feesh have collectively fallen further out of their own plans than he has.

    Is there any precedent for sending a manager down to triple A?

  2. Old Gator - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Incidentally, the Feesh also shipped reliever Mike (9.53 ERA) Dunn to Nawlins along with Coghlan, and summoned up Bryan (.316) Petersen and rookie Dan (2.08 ERA) Jennings to replace them. Petersen was seen sweeping all the rubber duckies out of his locker and into his dufflebag in preparation for bathing in Tweeter’s hot tub.

  3. paperlions - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Expectations based on FA signings pretty much never seem to conform to the hyperbole driven off-season narrative.

    The Marlins weren’t that good last year, there was no reason to think signing a mid-rotation starter, a SS, and a “closer” was going to significantly change that….yes, Ramirez and Johnson could contribute more this year….but if your narrative relies on “if everything goes perfectly, then…..” you’ll probably be disappointed.

    Similarly, the Angels offense was horrible last year, they are old and slow with some slap hitters….adding Pujols wasn’t going to change the quality of the rest of the lineup.

    The Reds were 79-83 last year, they didn’t do anything to help the offense and added a starter and a reliever…again….if everything went perfectly (as it did in 2010) they would be fine….but everything usually doesn’t go perfectly, and those additions look like they make the reds an 83-85 win club.

    Teams that make big jumps in performance usually do so through good trades and development of their own talent (e.g. Diamondbacks last year, Rangers a few years ago)…..not because they go FA crazy.

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