Brooks or Alcantara?
In a surprise move, the Oakland Athletics sent 31-year-old veteran utility man Chris Coghlan back to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for 24-year-old prospective utility man Arismendy Alcantara. Alcantara entered the professional baseball as an infielder but has been successful at all three outfield positions along with multiple infield positions.
The A’s acquired Coghlan from the Cubs on February 25 in exchange for right-hander Aaron Brooks. As a member of the Cubs, Coghlan hit .250 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI in 148 games. Considered a “Ben Zobrist type” utility player (as is Alcantara), Coghlan spent time as the A’s designated hitter, at both second and third, in left field and most recently filling in for the A’s injured right fielder Josh Reddick.
However after 51 games for Oakland, Coghlan was hitting just .146 with five home runs and 14 RBI. The A’s apparently decided it was time to part ways with the veteran sending him back to the north side of the Chicago for Alcantara.
It makes sense as Coghlan was a one-year rental for the A’s. He’ll be a free agent at the end of the season and he’s been playing sub-par offense and defense for a losing team. With this trade they are taking $3 million off their books with the Cubs taking on Coghlan’s salary and it gives the team a chance to shake things up, more than a month before the trade deadline.
Now the situation for Athletics is really as though they simply traded Brooks for Alcantara. The question being did the A’s make out any better now, ending up with Alcantara?
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