Veteran outfielder Chris Coghlan, a former National League rookie of the year who spent most of the last three seasons with the Chicago Cubs, was signed to a minor-league contract by the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday and assigned to the Buffalo Bisons.
Coghlan, 31, was released by the Phillies on Thursday after signing a minor-league deal with them in the offseason. Buffalo's first workout in Coca-Cola Field is scheduled for Tuesday with the season opening here Thursday at 2:05 against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Coghlan batted .252 with one homer and 16 RBIs for the Cubs last season after rejoining them in June following a trade with Oakland. He was Chicago's regular left fielder in both 2014 (.283-9-41 in 125 games and 2015 (.250-16-41 in 148 games).
Coghlan was 1 for 12 in the 2015 postseason for the Cubs, appearing in all four games of the NLCS sweep they endured at the hands of the New York Mets, and 0 for 7 in the postseason last year as the Cubs won their first World Series since 2008. He appeared in four games of the Fall Classic against the Indians, including a pinch-running appearance for catcher David Ross in the ninth inning of the iconic Game Seven at Progressive Field.
Coghlan was erased at second base on a Jason Heyward groundout, and his slide into Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor was challenged on replay before being upheld as legal.
Coghlan was a 2006 first-round pick of the Florida Marlins who played Class A ball with the Jamestown Jammers that summer. He won the NL Rookie of the year in 2009 after batting .321 with nine homers and 47 RBIs in 128 games for the Marlins.
Overall, Coghlan has played 765 games in the big leagues with a .260 average, 52 home runs and 229 RBIs. His last stint as a regular in the minor leagues was in 2012 at New Orleans in the Miami chain.