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Friday, November 12, 2010
Marlins' Chris Coghlan heading to third

Chris Coghlan's knee is heeling, and just in time because this winter he's supposed to learn a (mostly) new position:

The Marlins' third basemen last season were Jorge Cantu and Chad Tracy.

The Marlins have three young outfielders -- Logan Morrison, Cameron Maybin, and Mike Stanton -- who absolutely must play almost every day.

So, yeah, if Chris Coghlan is going to play, he has to play third base. Unless Dan Uggla is traded, in which case Coughlan could probably play second base, his primary position in the minors. Coghlan did play in 42 minor-league games at third base and posted a sparkling .907 fielding percentage. That's an incredibly small sample and he figures to fare better with more experience. But the major leagues is a tough place for on-the-job training. So the sooner Coghlan knee heels and he can start taking hard grounders, the better the chance he'll be in the Marlins' Opening Day lineup.