PHOENIX – Cory Spangenberg arrived in camp with types on becoming the left-handed-hitting part of a platoon at second base for the Milwaukee Brewers.
But the signing of Mike Moustakas on Tuesday altered individuals ideas.
Now, the 27-year-aged will try to make the opening-day roster as a person of individuals numerous-place players that supervisor Craig Counsell covets just after getting been launched by the San Diego Padres in the offseason.
“In the massive picture, I will not think it alterations (a ton),” he said Friday. “The flexibility was a thing I was going to do all through this camp anyway.
“I think (my spot) even far more so depends on me getting versatile.”
Spangenberg was a initial-spherical draft choose of the Padres in 2012, taken 10th all round, and he spent his entire big-league tenure with the group taking part in generally third (168 games) and second base (142).
But in 2017, Spangenberg performed 206 innings above 32 games in left industry and last time he observed his initial motion at shortstop. Counsell stated he’ll see considerable time at both above the future thirty day period as the Brewers attempt to gauge no matter whether he can fill a utility part shifting forward.
“We’re certainly going to see Cory in (left industry) this spring,” Counsell stated. “You’ll see Cory at shortstop this spring. He’ll be a player that defensively, he’s going to have a difficult spring.
“He’s performed these positions but he’s a minimal far more unfamiliar with them.”
Spangenberg also performed several innings in middle and ideal industry for the Padres, and even pitched a couple innings in blowouts. Hernán Pérez is the Brewers’ resident super utility man, but there is often space for one more a person on the Brewers.
“I’m at ease out in left. I have done it in the massive leagues in advance of, and it can be not a thing that is new to me.” stated Spangenberg, who signed a a person-year, $1.2 million split contract with the Brewers on Dec. 21 that will spend him $250,000 if he’s in the minors.
“If I can participate in anyplace on the industry, that just opens up that numerous far more doors for me. I think shortstop’s actually the last door to open up.”
The prospect to be part of a group that is taking pictures for a National League pennant fairly than embarking on another rebuilding time like the Padres perennially had been throughout his tenure has Spangenberg energized about what’s to occur.
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“I mean, this is a actually good group,” he said. “I have never been a part of a good group in advance of, so I’m energized to essentially have a competitive year and gain a ton of ballgames.
“When I signed here, that was the thing I was most energized about – the profitable culture and getting on a profitable group.”
Funnily plenty of, San Diego has been the communicate of the baseball globe this week just after signing Manny Machado to a $300 million totally free-agent contract.
Was Spangenberg astonished by the transfer?
“They acquired rid of me so they could open up up some cap room to indication him,” he quipped.