A's acquire Arismendy Alcantara from Chicago Cubs for Chris Coghlan
The Oakland A's traded infielder/outfielder Chris Coghlan to the Chicago Cubs for infielder/outfielder Arismendy Alcantara, the club announced today. Alcantara will report to Triple-A Nashville.
Coghlan was batting .146 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 51 games with the A's. He has started 46 games at five different positions, including 16 at second base, 15 at third base, 11 in right field, two in left field and two at designated hitter. The 30-year-old left-handed hitter was acquired by the A's from the Cubs on Feb. 25, 2016 for Aaron Brooks. He is a .260 career hitter in 717 games over eight seasons in the majors, including two years with Chicago from 2014-15.
Alcantara has spent the entire season at Triple-A Iowa where he is batting .264 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 53 games. He is also a perfect 21-for-21 in stolen base attempts and is leading the Pacific Coast League in steals. Alcantara has appeared exclusively at second base on defense this year but has also played shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions in his professional career. The 24-year-old switch-hitter made his Major League debut with Chicago in 2014 and hit .205 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 70 games that year. He also hit .077 in 11 games last year and is a .194 career hitter with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 81 games. Alcantara was originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic on Nov. 3, 2008.