Today, the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s reached a deal that would send outfielder Chris Coghlan to Oakland and right hander Aaron Brooks to the Cubs. The deal was announced via press release by the Cubs.
Next, Coghlan was the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year award and has been a steady platoon guy throughout the past couple of seasons. Coghlan is 30 years old and will provide solid depth to the A’s outfield. The 30-year-old played in 148 games while appearing 503 times at the plate by crushing a career high 16 home runs with 41 RBIs driven in. He finished the season with a slash line of .250/.341/.443/.784 and swiped 11 bags. Coghlan is set to make $4.8 mil in his final year of arbitration. He will be a free agent next season.
Finally, Aaron Brooks will add solid insurance to the Cubs in either the rotation or bullpen if an injury happens. Brooks will be placed in Triple-A to start the regular season. Brooks is 25 years old with lots of team control. The Cubs are banking that their organization can turn him around to make him a nice piece for the big club. Brooks struggled in 2015, but did get his feet wet. He finished the season with the A’s after being traded from Kansas City as part of the Ben Zobrist trade. His season concluded with a 3-4 record with an 6.67 ERA in 55.1 innings by punching out 38 batters.