The Milwaukee Brewers made a potential addition to their major league roster with the signing of infielder Cory Spangenberg.
The Milwaukee Brewers have added depth to their infield with the free agent signing of Cory Spangenberg according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Although it’s not the impact signing fans are looking for, it will certainly provide manager Craig Counsell with some options.
Spangenberg, 27-years-old, has played his entire Major league career with the San Diego Padres. He doesn’t bring much power to the plate, but had displayed good displine. Despite batting just .235 last season, his on-base percentage was at .298. He has a career batting average of .258 and a career on-base percentage of .318.
The Brewers non-tendered Jonathan Schoop to begin the offseason which opened up a hole at second base. Schoop was acquired by the Baltimore Orioles toward the end of last season, but was a complete bust in Milwaukee.
Spangenberg can play either second or third base which provides Counsell and the team with some options. Travis Shaw will start at one of those positions with Orland Arcia holding down shortstop. Because of the flexibility Shaw showed after the additions of Schoop and Mike Moustakas last season, Milwaukee is able to sign a second or third baseman as a starter and plug Shaw in the other spot.
According to Rosenthal, Spangenberg’s contract is split between what he would earn in the majors and what he would earn in the minors. This likely signals that he isn’t seen as the primary addition to the infield this offseason and general manager David Stearns is still searching for the ultimate solution.
Don’t expect this signing to turn any heads right now, as it is purely a depth move at this point. However, Stearns has hit these types of deals out of the park in the past, so Spangenberg will have a great opportunity to become a contributor off the bench for the Brewers.