TODAY: The Brewers have officially announced the signing.
DEC.20: The Brewers are in agreement on a one-year, Major League contract with infielder Cory Spangenberg, pending a physical, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It appears to be a split contract for Spangeberg (who has a minor league option remaining), as Rosenthal notes that he would earn $1.2MM in the Majors and $250K in the minors. Spangenberg is represented by Jet Sports.
Milwaukee is known to be in the market for infield options, particularly after non-tendering Jonathan Schoop, though the split nature of Spangenberg’s deal underscores the fact that he’s viewed more as a depth option than a primary addition for general manager David Stearns and his staff. The Brewers figure to continue exploring the market for a higher-profile solution, though Spangenberg’s ability to play second base or third base could very well put him in the mix for a bench job this spring.
Spangenberg, 28 in March, was the 10th overall selection in the 2011 draft but has yet to cement himself as a regular contributor at the MLB level. While he showed promise in his first few looks at the Majors, hitting .274/.330/.408 through 410 plate appearances, Spangenberg’s bat has gone dormant since that time. From 2016-18, he managed just a .251/.312/.384 slash through 868 plate appearances for the Padres while seeing time at second base, third base and in left field.
Low risk, high reward.
Low risk, low reward lol
No risk, no reward
Hes not even good.
Haha these people’s comments! Yea low risk, very low reward if any reward. But in my opinions he’s an upgrade at what they currently have lol
he would be if he went to your cubs…amirite?
Surprised it’s a ML contract
It’s a split contract..its only a Major League contract if he’s on the big club..
He still has one option season remaining. I think the Padres only released him to save the arbitration salary. Considering that Jose Pirela is still on the Padres roster, I’m a bit befuddled but both are looking a lot like AAAA players at this point, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Now we can enjoy Spangenberg Brew fans trade proposals ;P
The reverse Scooter Gennett for the Brew Crew?
Ugh you might be right. I think his years with the Padres sucked the life out of him
Now he can go to Milwaukee and go through the same thing.
I like Spangenberg, but am skeptical that he will ever become a Gennett light. Were he consistent, he is probably a .270 hitter, .325 OBP, 18/18/18 guy. Problem is, in 1200+ at bats, he has never demonstrated that capability. Which means, he falls short in every category. That said, he seems like a good guy, can justify him as a 23rd, 24th or 25th man on a roster.
Nelson Cruz wasn’t much until his year 28 season. Just saying… Maybe this dude’ll take Vince McMahon vitamin pack from Braun and begin the mash too… Just saying.
Prediction: He becomes Dan Murphy redux and goes .275/.345/.435 this season on a Brew Crew team that makes it to the playoffs again.
No chance in hell…lol
Spangy might surprise you. He was at his best when he got consistent ABs and came to the park knowing where he was going to play. That said, he’s never going to be an All-Star, but he can be productive.
Could be Casey Mcgehee 2.0
I don’t really see the point of this. He’s basically Hernan Perez. We have one of him already. Still lots of offseason to go, of course, but if this is the only infield signing then they must be thinking Hiura will be up sooner than later.
Says it’s a split contract which I like. He’s honestly an upgrade from Sogard (who isn’t). I would assume Stearns still signs a 2B or 3B better and Spangenberg turns into either a lefty utility bat off the bench if he produces or a minor leaguer to plug in when injuries happen
Bats left haded.
Rejoining former AAA manager Pat Murphy (Brewers Bench Coach). Could be a rebirth for him. Had his best seasons with Murph in El Paso.
Now that’s a stretch, even for Brewers fans still believing the pixie dust is still in the air for the 2018 planet alignment.
If the Brewers can schedule Fresno and Las Vegas, you may be on to something.
He might play a little better in the ballpark and lineup. Good for him
That big Daniel Descalso countermove.
Controlled through 2020, 2021 if he spends a month or so in the minors.
The Phillies are going to end up with Bud Norris as their top free agent signing lol.
Bud likes to strong arm the young relievers….aka Bud is an a$$hole..
Is this supposed to help the Brewers take the next step forward?
Other teams in the division are looking to improve. Brewers are looking not to rock the boat.
Don’t be so sure Brewers are done. They signed Yelich and Cain at the end of January last year.
Does he really?
After all this time, he’s still a young man of great potential…
Never heard of him……….
I hope he makes the team purely because Ueck will sound great saying his name.
Fits the bill until Keston gets the call mid to late April.
Your expectations of what Hijra actually is are funny.
Considering you can’t even spell his name correct leads me to believe you know nothing.
hujaria won’t be up this year, may be a september call up best case scenario.
You couldn’t be more wrong but ok.
You’re right…autocorrect surely know nothing. How’s H-I-U-R-A? Feel better? Still applies…he’s an average player nothing more.
But if he was on the Cubs he would be a top 10, can’t miss prospect, with MVP potential.
If he was on the Cubs all we would hear is that he’s the second coming of Sandberg
Can we just make Keon broxton our second basemen instead
I don’t even understand how that happened
He still sucks
Hit 265 with 13 bombs and 48 RBIs in 2017 at spacious Petco Park. Last year he struggled a bit trying to hit the ball harder. Maybe a change of scenery will help out a bit in Miller Park. If I told you Milwaukee would have a platoon at 2nd with Perez,and possibly get a 260 avg with 20 and 75 RBIs would that be good enough until the arrival? Not sure if you could get much more production from any of the current free agents, and at a fraction of the cost. Saving potential money for that Ace we are all hoping for.
Don’t lean too heavily on that “spacious Petco Park” part. His home OPS was 275 points (!) higher at home than on the road last year and is 150 points higher for his career. Petco has played as a fairly neutral park the last few years, but I will concede that Miller Park is more friendly to lefties than Petco in general. Don’t expect a big spike in his numbers due to environment alone. Any improvements you might see will be due to changes in his swing/approach/condition/etc.
Depth. Versatility. Experience. Nothing more. Somebody goes down, he can come up nd fill a roster spot for a few days and be expected to not screw up. He’ll probably be behind Nate Orf on the depth chart.
On a closer look he hits righties not bad. Poential platoon candidate. Not a bad pickup but not The Answer. Again, depth.
I guess this takes the Brewers out of the Tulo “sweepstakes”.
Wouldn’t be surprised if he is strongly leaning towards west cost teams. I was surprised when the cubs inked Descalso before the Tulo sweepstakes were over
Another victim of 12/13 man pitching staffs. Not very versatile, can’t play SS, not a plus defender anywhere. There’s just no room for those guys anymore.
Love this guy, glad he got a chance
New catcher, if I know the Brewers?
Luc maybe? Did he sign yet? Brewer fans would love him back. Great guy
I noticed he was the 10th overall pick. Looking back, many players picked 10 have fizzled over the years. Two of the more impactful players at 10, Mark McGwire & Eric Chavez. But lots of Michael Choice, Drew Meyer types. That said, Imagine this… Tim Lincecum & Madison Bumgarner were both taken 10 overall. In back to back years. Side note, I believe the Giants have 10th pick in next draft.
Look at his RHP/LHP splits.
Along with Spangenburg you have to take Travis “Fred” Jankowski. They are inseparable and all yours, Brew. With Asuaje also gone, who knows, there might be reasons coming to look up from your phone during Petco Park at bats.
I dont care how bad your team is… if you spend the day looking at your phone you shouldn’t be at the ballpark. Also, Travis is an excellent fielder holding some value because of that glove.
I actually like this fit. You guys are blasting the Brewers but this seems like a low risk/potential high reward signing.
He is what he is. Decent enough against RHP and platooned with Hernan Perez could see a league-average line from 2B this year until Hiura arrives.
They are going on the cheap again. While everybody else fill holes they have no major league 2nd baseman,catcher and a terrible bottom of the order
Just a random question. We all know 40 man is the 40 man, but how long does a team have to add them to the 40 man after signing ?
This one was over two weeks
The guy couldn’t make it on the Padres. Enough said.
The player drafted right before Springer.
Pitching is worse in the Central division and going from Petco to Miller should help him out.