Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers have signed infielder Cory Spangenberg to a one-year contract. He will make $1.2 million if he is on the major league roster and $250,000 while in the minor leagues. Spangenberg has one option remaining, so the Brewers can yo-yo him between the majors and Triple-A if they so choose.
Spangenberg, 27, played mostly second and third base for the Padres last season, but also spent some time in left field. He owns a career .258/.318/.391 batting line across 1,278 plate appearances.
Spangenberg will likely occupy a superutility role for the Brewers, though second base may end up providing him the most playing time.
Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.
The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.
Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.
Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.