Chris Coghlan

The Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber started off his sophomore season the way no player wants to start any season. In the third game of the season at the Arizona Diamondback’s Chase Field, Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL – both imperative ligaments in the knee – in an outfield collision with centerfielder Dexter Fowler. The injury caused him to miss the remainder of the regular season and thus far, the Cubs’ entire playoff run to the World Series. You can watch the injury as it happened back in April below: Yes, it most certainly wasn’t pretty and it was a huge […]

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improbable hit
Thursday’s game between AL Central rivals the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals was drama filled up through the 11 innings it took for them to play it. The Cardinals struck in the first on a  single to right by Yadier Molina who plated Matt Holliday. It was the third straight single allowed in the first by Jon Lester who’d already allowed one each to Holliday and Brandon Moss. The Cardinals added on in the sixth on a monster solo-shot by Moss making the score 2-0 but the Cubs came back to score three of their own in the […]

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Arismendy Alcantara
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 […]

Aaron Brooks or Arismendy Alcantara: Who’s a better fit for ...

Chris Coghlan, offseason acquisitions
Position Player Offseason Acquisitions After a disastrous 2015 season in which the club finished at 68-94, its worst record since 1997, the A’s made quite a few changes. They let players go and added new ones from the infield to the outfield and to both the bullpen and starting rotation. There were new players everywhere once spring training arrived in late February 2016. Slowly things have begun to fall apart, especially in the starting rotation which was actually the place where the fewest changes were made. After a month and a half of regular season play, the A’s find themselves […]

Grading the A’s offseason acquisitions: Position Players

Danny Valencia
Without Danny Valencia will the A’s be able to stay hot? After their 7-3 win that completed the Oakland A’s three-game sweep over the New York Yankees on Thursday, the team announced that third baseman Danny Valencia would be put on the 15-day disabled list with a left-hamstring strain that he suffered sliding into home plate on Wednesday. Valencia thinks that he will be ready to go prior to the two-week minimum he now has to remain out of the lineup but manager Bob Melvin rightly disagreed. Hamstring strains can be tricky to recover from. Melvin called hamstring strains a […]

A’s send Danny Valencia to the DL but should still ...

lineup, burns, semien, untouchable
Can the A’s fix their ailing offense with a new lineup? The Oakland Athletics aren’t hitting. It’s not exactly unusual in the pitcher-friendly confines of the Oakland Alameda Coliseum, nor it has it been unusual in recent years. So far in 2016, the team is averaging just 2.7 runs per game, scoring just eight in their last series in which they were swept by the Los Angeles Angels. It isn’t as though the team hasn’t tried to improve its offense, but it has been a while since the A’s have succeeded. They’ve tried, bringing in Billy Butler and Khris Davis in […]

A’s need a new and consistent lineup

Chris Coghlan, offseason acquisitions
How Coghlan will help the A’s compete in the AL West On Thursday the Oakland Athletics added some serious depth to their roster when they traded 25-year-old right hander Aaron Brooks for Chris Coghlan of the Chicago Cubs. Coghlan can be considered an almost Ben Zobrist-like player as he can play virtually any position on the field and his left-handed bat hits right-handers quite well. Originally a left fielder and the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year Award winner with the then-Florida Marlins, Coghlan spent five seasons in Miami where his numbers dropped off from his rookie year slashline of […]

What the addition of Coghlan means for Oakland