The Cubs have had some injury issues in the outfield, as you know. But this trade comes as somewhat of a surprise, as announced by the team in a press release:
The Chicago Cubs today acquired outfielder Chris Coghlan from the Oakland Athletics for infielder Arismendy Alcantara.
Coghlan, 30, rejoins the Cubs after spending the 2014 and 2015 campaigns with Chicago. He batted .265 (219-for-825) with 53 doubles, 11 triples and 25 homers in 273 games for the Cubs, and last season set career marks with 16 homers, 58 walks, 47 extra-base hits and 148 games played as he helped the Cubs to a playoff berth. He was traded from Chicago to Oakland February 25 of this season for right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks.
Coghlan was not having a very good year for the A's. In 51 games (172 plate appearances) he's hitting .146/.215/.272, though with five doubles and five home runs. He gives the Cubs some positional flexibility as he can play some second base in addition to left and right field.
Here's the 25-man roster move for Coghlan:
Cubs re-acquire Chris Coghlan from Oak. for Arismeny Alcantara. Tommy La Stella to the DL with hamstring strain.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) June 9, 2016
Thus Coghlan replaces La Stella's lefthanded bat off the bench.
The A's were paying all of Coghlan's contract after the original trade, and I'd have to assume the Cubs will pick up the (approximately) $3.5 million that remains on it.
Welcome back, Cogs. I also wish Mendy well; he's likely to get some big-league playing time with the A's. Finally, this means the Cubs essentially acquired Aaron Brooks (currently on the disabled list) in exchange for Alcantara.