In news you probably missed late Friday, Cory Spangenberg is headed to Milwaukee on a 1 year 1.2 million “show-me” contract.
The writing was long on the wall for the 28-year-old superutility player after a disappointing 2018 campaign in which a crowded outfield, Jose Pirela, the emergence of Christian Villanueva, Wil Myers landing at 3rd, and Luis Urias sapped a fair amount of available playing time away from the lefty. A resurgent second half in 2017 after a lost 2016 didn’t translate to 2018 success either, seeing Cory hit only .235 in 329 plate appearances. The waiver claim of Greg Garcia only made Cory more expendable; Spangenberg elected for free agency immediately after being designated for assignment during the Rule 5 protection crunch last November.
While the shine has dulled on the former first round pick in the 2011 MLB amateur draft (picked ahead of such names as George Springer, Jose Fernandez, Sonny Gray, and Jackie Bradley, Jr.), the Brewers are hoping a change of scenery and open opportunities at 2nd, 3rd, and even short will allow Cory to flourish. Brewers general manager David Stearns commented as much regarding their new signee to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“He has experience at second and third but we believe he has growth elsewhere. We believe he has the ability to play some shortstop and that’s something we’ll take a look at in spring training. We believe he has the ability to play the outfield. He has done some of that in his major-league career but we’ll explore that to a greater extent. We do think, with his athleticism and baseball acumen, this is a player who has the potential to turn into a super utility player.”
At least we’ll always have...those 2 times he pitched? Let’s go with that.