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2016 Cubs Spring Training Countdown: 8 Days

Let's talk about a Cubs outfielder's role this year.

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Coghlan had a fine year in 2015, setting career highs in home runs, walks and stolen bases.

Yet with Kyle Schwarber's emergence as at least a competent left fielder, Coghlan found himself on the bench much of the time in September.

Late in the season, that boiled over into some comments Coghlan made to the media about his lack of playing time, and specifically whether he'd play in the wild-card game against the Pirates:

"I definitely have thought about it," Coghlan said of his role in the wild-card game. "Once your playing time decreases you start to have different questions. At the end of the day it's only about winning. That's it. Do I think I give our team the best chance to win in the wild-card game against Gerrit Cole? Yeah, I do. I feel like I'm one of the best eight guys out there."

All baseball players should feel that way -- that they're one of the best eight guys out there and they give their team the best chance of winning. But talking about it in this way to the media? I'm sure that did not endear him to Joe Maddon. Coghlan didn't start the wild-card game, but he did start Game 2 of the division series against the Cardinals, and Game 2 of the NLCS against the Mets. He pinch-hit four other times in the postseason and overall was 1-for-12 in the playoffs.

With Schwarber likely going to start in left field this year, where does that leave Coghlan? What is his role on this year's Cubs? Could he be traded before Opening Day?

I'm not sure I know what Joe Maddon has in mind for Coghlan, nor how he will react to being a backup after two years of (mostly) being a starter for the Cubs.

I'm sure you have some thoughts, though, so have at it.