Spangenberg signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Brewers on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Spangenberg was let go by the Padres near the end of November after he refused a minor-league assignment. He'll earn $1.2 million if he makes the Brewers' major-league roster and $250,000 if he ends up in the minors. With the departure of Jonathan Schoop and the limited experience Travis Shaw has at second base, there should be plenty of opportunities for Spangenberg to carve out a role for himself during spring training.
Spangenberg was released by the Padres on Wednesday. The transaction likely indicates that Spangenberg refused to accept his outright assignment to Triple-A El Paso after going unclaimed off waivers when the Padres designated him for assignment earlier in the week. Spangenberg will now look to find a home elsewhere before the start of spring training, though he may have to settle for a minor-league deal after he regressed at the plate for San Diego in 2018. Over his 329 plate appearances with the Padres last season, Spangenberg delivered a .660 OPS, which represented a 63-point decline from his 2017 mark.
Spangenberg was designated for assignment by San Diego on Tuesday. Spangenberg was bumped off the 40-man roster to make room for prospects prior to the Rule 5 draft deadline. The 27-year-old second baseman struggled to a .235/.298/.362 slash line through 116 games in 2018 after posting a .264/.322/.401 line the year before.
Spangenberg is out of the lineup against the Diamondbacks on Friday. Spangenberg will be withheld from the starting nine after going 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts during Wednesday's contest versus San Francisco. Jose Pirela will start at second base and bat seventh in his place.
Spangenberg is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Giants, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Spangenberg is hitting just .167/.324/.200 through 15 games in September, so he'll sit for a second straight game. Freddy Galvis will slide over to cover second base in this one with Javy Guerra drawing a start at shortstop.