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Posted: December 20, 2018, 8:56 PM Post
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#Brewers in agreement with free-agent infielder Cory Spangenberg on one-year deal, pending physical, sources tell The Athletic. Spangenberg will earn $1.2M if in majors, $250K if in minors.

There’s everyone’s second baseman.


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Posted: December 20, 2018, 8:59 PM Post
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Fun Fact: Cory Spangenberg was the Padres' top pick in the 2011 Draft, selected No. 10 overall between the Cubs' Javier Baez and the Astros' George Springer.

Not So Fun Fact: Cory Spangenberg struck out in 33% of his at-bats last season.


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The new Sogard.


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Split contract.....nice no risk move to add depth


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OPS is .192 higher vs. righties than lefties. A cheap platoon partner with Perez.


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Posted: December 20, 2018, 9:06 PM Post
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Career splits

Hernan Perez v. LHP: .310 wOBA, 89 wRC+
Corey Spangenberg v. RHP: .326 wOBA, 106 wRC+

2018 splits

Hernan Perez v. LHP: .329 wOBA, 105 wRC+
Corey Spangenberg v. RHP: .319 wOBA, 101 wRC+


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Posted: December 20, 2018, 9:08 PM Post
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With a platoon with Perez, the expectation would be slightly above average offense and slightly above average defense. Also a pinch-hitting option.


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If properly platooned and they both have good seasons, I think they're probably like a 2.0-2.5 WAR second base option.


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Seems low risk, and he should be entering his prime. I like it.

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Not an earth shattering sign, but a potentially useful pickup at almost no risk.

One surprising stat is how much better he hit at home, despite home being Petco.


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Had an 816 OPS at home last year. Seems like a weird split given SD's dimensions. Guess that's because of the 400+ BABIP.

I will be surprised if he's on the roster most of the year. Good AAA insurance.

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It is odd that he hit much better at Petco than away. I hope this is a Kratz-like backup plan for 2019.


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Appears he has one remaining option and has played the following seven positions in the major leagues: 2B, SS, 3B, LF, CF, RF, and Pitcher.


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Appears he has one remaining option and has played the following seven positions in the major leagues: 2B, SS, 3B, LF, CF, RF, and Pitcher.


So Perez must be Spanish for Spangenberg...or Spangenberg in Bavarian means Perez


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Posted: December 21, 2018, 12:08 AM Post
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I like it. It doesn't preclude a higher-profile 2nd base signing while at the same time allowing them to forego the position if the front office determines the money that one would take could be better spent elsewhere.


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Makes you wonder what Stearns has up his sleeve if Spangenberg is platooning at second with Perez. Brewers have plenty of room still to add an impact player if they decide to go that route. Somebody would need to be on the move though to make room for that player unless it is a catcher.


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Posted: December 21, 2018, 4:26 AM Post
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The new Sogard.


Yep. Not much to add here. Spangenberg is barely serviceable against righties, but drops to historically bad levels when facing lefties. Sub-Uecker line, sub .500 OPS type of production the last couple of years against southpaws.

I sure hope this is a depth move rather than a "plan A" move.


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Posted: December 21, 2018, 7:05 AM Post
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This is a move to get a versatile lefty bench guy while they try and move Thames' contract. He replaces Saladino. Not the answer at 2B, but not a bad LH bat off the bench.


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Posted: December 21, 2018, 7:42 AM Post
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Hopefully this is just a depth move for San Antonio and not part of the answer at 2nd.


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Posted: December 21, 2018, 7:56 AM Post
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They need someone to play second base in San Antonio when Hiura gets called up the first week of May.

I'm only mildly kidding. Possible member of the shuttle squad since he has an option. Plays a couple positions. Hits left handed. He's a nice complement to Saldino/Perez.

I'm not saying this will happen, but if they go into spring training with Saladino, Perez, and Spangenberg as the main guys fighting for playing time at 2b that probably means the Brewers are pretty confident Dubon and/or Hiura will contributors to the big league team very early in 2019.


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