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Trade Target: Chris Coghlan


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After the Cubs signing Heyward, they now have Schwarber in LF, Heyward in CF, and Soler in RF. They'll likely trade Soler for a pitcher, but they may not want to go completely LH heavy in the OF, since Schwarber and Heyward are already weak to LHP. There's a good chance Coghlan will be available.

Coghlan is a classic lefty platoon OF, which may be exactly what we need. He hit RHP at a .831 OPS last year. He walks a lot, doesn't strike out too much, and after not hitting for any power his whole career it seems like something may have clicked the last two years - he hit 9 HR in 432 PA in 2014, and then 16 in 503 PA in 2015. He played a good LF and has some versatility, at RF and 2B. He's only projected to earn $3.9 million in arbitration, in his last year before FA eligibility, so he's cheap but shouldn't cost too much in trade.

Thoughts? We all want a big bat but we need to fill the other OF position somehow as well, and he seems a better option than the likes of Will Venable.

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The Orioles don't need platoon players! They have money ... Spend it on complete players.

Eh. I would rather spend a lot of money on one [more] complete player and leverage two roster spots of platoon for the corner OF rather than spending similar money on two [less] complete players. We're not going to sign Upton AND Gordon, so I'd rather sign one of them and be creative with the other spot than sign two 2nd-tier OF options.

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The Orioles don't need platoon players! They have money ... Spend it on complete players.

Right now they have Trumbo as the only "complete" non-platoon player for 1B/DH/LF/RF. They need to spend money to get at least one more complete player, but they probably don't have enough to get 2, and certainly not 3 more. They're going to need at least one left-handed platoon player. Coghlan is significantly more appealing than the FA options in the same platoon-player price range.

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